Lorries have been taking equipment off Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool over the past two days.
Eye witnesses outside the Preston New Road site have photographed staff lowering the gooseneck, the curved section of the coiled tubing tower. They also recorded tanks and other equipment leaving the site.
Cuadrilla told DrillOrDrop this afternoon:
“We have demobilised some of the specialist equipment from our shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road as we’ve finished this particular part of the work programme.
“We’re looking forward now to the next phase of hydraulic fracturing and unlocking a huge economic opportunity for the county and country for decades to come.”
Opponents and supporters of the industry have been closely watching movements at Preston New Road, where the UK’s first and only horizontal shale gas well was fracked last year.
The well, called PNR 1-z, was fracked between 15 October and 17 December 2018, causing more than 50 small earth tremors.
Confidential logs have confirmed that two-thirds of the well was not fracked during the operation and fracking paused for more than a month.
There was a mechanical failure in one section of fracking equipment and the well had to be cemented and milled to solve the problem. Kit became stuck in the well and was abandoned.
The company has planning permission to drill and frack two more wells and frack the second well, PNR 2. To comply with a condition of the permission, this work must be completed by 30 November 2019.
Cuadrilla does not yet have permission from the Environment Agency to frack PNR 2.