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Prof Andy Aplin warns extracting shale gas in North West will mean massive increase in wells

(6 March 2014)

Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum in the Department of Earth Sciences at CeREES and DEI, spoke to the Shale UK conference on 4 to 5 March. A number of news outlets reported on his comments in response to the recent increase in Cuadrilla estimates of shale gas resources in the North West.

Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum in the Department of Earth Sciences at CeREES and DEI, spoke to the Shale UK conference on 4 to 5 March. A number of news outlets reported on his comments in response to the recent increase in Cuadrilla estimates of shale gas resources in the North West.

A geologist from the company has said that there is 50% more gas in place in its licence area than previous estimates. Prof Aplin warned that extracting this gas would require a massive increase in the number of wells, with perhaps 5000 drilling pads needed to develop the resource over the full footprint of the Bowland Shale in northern England.

He also emphasised that there is still a significant lack of data about UK shale formations and that the reservoirs are larger and much more complex than many conventional fields in the North Sea.

Media Coverage:

BBC News Shale gas estimate in North West 'bigger' than previously thought

The Peninsula Qatar Britain far from prime shale gas exploration location experts say

News 24 UK not ready for shale gas exploration

Reuters UK: Britain far from primed for shale gas exploration, experts say

Qatar Tribune Lack of infra, local opposition to hit UK shale gas development

Yahoo News Britain far from primed for shale gas exploration, experts say