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Hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road: update

Following seismic events at the Preston New Road site, including a 2.9ML event on 26 August 2019, the OGA suspended operations and requested additional data and analysis from Cuadrilla before hydraulic fracturing operations could resume. 

The OGA has received initial data from Cuadrilla which still requires further consideration. However, we understand that as of today (30 September) Cuadrilla has decided to demobilise the hydraulic fracturing equipment at the Preston New Road site. Cuadrilla plans to perform an extended well test. This does not involve hydraulic fracturing. The OGA will continue to monitor activities.  

Separately, in February 2019 the OGA announced a number of studies on the PNR 1z well. These reports will be published on the OGA website in due course.