The Grange Hill site is located near Singleton. Planning consent was granted in April 2010 and the well was drilled to its target depth of 10,700ft during 2011. The well was not used to hydraulically fracture the shale rock and no flow testing of natural gas was undertaken.
As part of a subsequent review of our exploration programme, we decided not to apply for permission to carry out hydraulic fracturing at Grange Hill. Cuadrilla applied to Lancashire County Council (LCC) in May 2014 for planning permission to install seismic monitoring and pressure monitoring sensors within the existing exploration well in order to carry out monitoring of existing/baseline conditions. The well has now been decommissioned and the site returned to its original pre-exploration use as agricultural land.