The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, says it has now spent more than £4.7m in the Lancashire economy since January 2016.
The cumulative total up to the end of September 2017, was included in the latest figures of what the company calls its “Lancashire Commitments Tracker”.
The spending figure, covering direct and indirect, is an increase of £1.8m compared with the total announced in June 2017 and covers the period when drilling began at the company’s Preston New Road site.
According to the latest figures, released yesterday (26/10/2017), the company has now created a total of 23 full time jobs, compared with 18 up to the end of June 2017.
Contract or temporary jobs now stand at 28, up from 19 at the end of June. But apprenticeships or internships are unchanged at five.
Cuadrilla released the first £100,000 to a local community benefit fund during the three months to September 2017. Local community sponsorships rose £29,000 (up from £117,000 in June) and donations rose £1,000 to £11,000.
The company said there had been an extra 36 registrations to the supply chain portal, which now stands at 605.
Cuadrilla chief executive, Francis Egan, said:
“These latest figures clearly show that the work at our Preston New Road exploration site continues to create significant investment in and jobs for the Lancashire economy.”