Theresa May has been urged to back fracking as company says it has found ’30 years worth of gas’ in East Midlands
Chemical giant Ineos claims the gas field in Nottinghamshire is the richest in UK history
Exclusive By Steve Hawkes, Deputy Political Editor |15th February 2019, 1:43 am Updated: 15th February 2019, 1:43 am
THERESA MAY is today urged to back the fracking revolution as new tests signal the East Midlands is sitting on “30-years’ worth of gas”.
Ineos, Britain’s biggest private company, claims drilling results from its field in Nottinghamshire suggest “US levels” of shale gas under the soil.
Tests found an average level of 60.7 standard cubic feet per tonne of gas – compared with an average 39 (scf) at a vast shale field in Texas.
Ineos Shale chief operating officer Tom Pickering claimed it was the most significant drilling result so far in the short history of Britain’s shale industry.
He told The Sun: “It’s obviously early days but these are the highest readings in the UK we have ever seen.”
Geologists believe there could be 436 trillion cubic feet of gas in this part of the Bowland Basin. This test is consistent with that.
“With a recovery rate of 20 per cent that’s equivalent to 30 years’ worth of gas for the country. We believe this really is something to shout about.”
Now is the time for strong leadership to take advantage of a once in a generation opportunity.
Tom Pickering, Ineos Director