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Progress of Shale Gas Exploration and Hydraulic Fracturing in the UK

Shale gas is vital for UK energy security and yet fracking has become a controversial topic. Eric Vaughan will explain how fracking works, what happens onsite and its environs. Many myths will be dispelled and benefits revealed.

At present in the UK we import approximately half of our gas needs from overseas and by 2030 this is forecast to increase to some 80%. Renewables, whilst an important and growing share of the electricity market, cannot meet all of the UK’s short term energy needs, with 80% of households using gas to heat their homes. Gas must play a role in the UK’s energy security for the medium term. Over the next year Cuadrilla Resources will be the first company to drill and frack vertical wells into shale rock in the UK, as part of its exploration for a new indigenous source of gas.  Eric Vaughan will share his experiences of working on that site, sharing information about the technology and processes used, challenges that were encountered and what lies ahead for the shale gas industry in the UK.

About the speaker

Eric Vaughan has over 35 years of experience in international oil and gas operations having held various management and engineering roles for well service and exploration companies. He was one of the original members of Cuadrilla Resources.  He has been instrumental in high profile hydraulic fracturing operations in the UK, including the first shale gas frac and multi-stage nitrogen foam fracs. He did early work in the Appalachian Basin shales, primarily with carbon dioxide and nitrogen based fracs.

Eric has managed the design and manufacture of multiple sets of European specification fracturing, well service and drilling equipment. He is a former US and European regional manager for Nowsco Well Service and founded Evergreen Well Service.


Cuadrilla Resources Ltd
Cuadrilla House, 6 Sceptre Court,
Bamber Bridge, Lancashire,

12:00 to 13:45 – lunch.
14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – lecture
14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion

Additional information

Delegates will have the opportunity to pre book a lunch at Savoy Place. The cost for a two course meal with wine is £16.95. It is ESSENTIAL to pre-book lunch.

Registration information

Those wishing to attend are asked to send an e-mail by the preceding Monday, giving name(s), and requesting attendance at the lunch and lecture or just the lecture, and in the case of lunch, giving any dietary restrictions. The e-mail should be sent to both John Fuller and Tony Davies please note the triple ‘e’ in the Tony’s address, with the subject line “27th April 2018 Friday Lunch and Lecture”. No acknowledgement will be sent unless specifically requested.

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