Fracking: Tamboran to use 'conventional' drilling in shale gas search

20/10/2020 14:25
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A petroleum exploration company has said it will use conventional horizontal drilling technology to search for shale gas if granted a licence in County Fermanagh. 

Last week the economy minister said Tamboran Resources UK had removed the controversial practice of fracking from its application.

Diane Dodds said the revision would "remove the need for fracking".

The company wants to evaluate natural gas in the shale and sandstone rocks.

The firm, which is now under new ownership, last attempted to carry out test drilling in 2014, but faced community and political opposition.

A public consultation to Tamboran's fracking plan and a separate conventional exploration proposal resulted in 5,700 responses. 

Fracking is a process in which liquid is pumped deep underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release gas or oil trapped within it.

Tamboran told BBC News NI that the revision to its licence application work programme has removed High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) and replaced it with "conventional" horizontal drilling technology.

This would involve drilling down to a layer of sandstone which it believes contains gas, and then horizontally across the rock creating a larger surface area from which the gas could flow.

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