Cuadrilla will be applying for an extension to the current planning permission in order to allow time to carry out measurement of the pressure of the gas in the shale rock at its Becconsall well, near Banks.
The well will not be hydraulically fractured. Following the pressure measurement programme it is planned that the well will be sealed, and the site returned to its former condition next year.
Andrew Quarles, Cuadrilla’s Technical Director, said: “A week’s work at the site is required, during which a small rig will install pressure gauges and isolate a section of the well for measurement. The rig will then be removed, and the gauges will be left in place, recording pressure for approximately 12 months. We then plan to seal and return the site to its former condition.”
The planning application for the work will be submitted to Lancashire County Council.