A Good Day to Drill for Bad News

On Thursday May the 22nd, election day, the coalition in the UK issued a report on the vast resources of onshore oil and gas in the south of England, Tory heartland.

Among all the comments about burying bad news on a big news day the facts remain simple and stark, we, the UK Government have 2 options; the environmental option or the pragmatic option.

The environmental is the most complex, we can’t use fracking because we have heard it causes all sorts of problems, earthquakes, polluted water aquifers and big noisy lorries on country lanes. We certainly can’t use nuclear as we all know the damage lasts for thousands of years, so we just have to hope the wind keeps blowing and the sun keeps shining and these nice countries we will be importing gas from; Russia, North Africa and Qatar keep being friendly and keep sending cheap supplies.

The pragmatic option is slightly less complex, even by conservative estimates we have enough unconventional fossil fuel in the UK to keep us energy secure for the next 20 years, the period most experts see as the most troublesome. Yes extracting these fuels will involve fracking and all the horrid things this methodology does to the countryside but the alternatives are potentially disastrous, because sadly oil and gas tends to be most plentiful in the more unstable parts of the planet.

We have said this before and will say it again, fracking in the UK will not be the cavalier free for all cowboy fest it is supposed to be in the US. It will be properly regulated, properly managed and will use all the techniques we have been using in the UK for 40 years to mitigate short term construction damage and long term aesthetic damage. Remember the UK countryside has thousands of oil and gas installations and they are a lot less obvious than wind turbines.

The extraction of onshore fuels in the UK will not deliver cheap energy, not if it is done properly, it will however deliver secure energy and as an added bonus will create jobs inject money into the economy and once again show the rest of the world what the UK can do and export the skills accordingly.

Getting Ready for Shale – The UK Way

A new report on the development of UK unconventional gas (in this case shale gas, by Ernst & Young Global) has hit the headlines, and with industry required to develop 4,000 wellheads over the next 20 years why wouldn’t it?

The headlines are impressive, if perhaps exaggerated: “£33 billion and over 64,000 jobs”. But the message is unequivocal: Britain needs energy security; we need the gas; North Sea supply is running down and unconventional gas is our alternative; so get ready for it.

The EY report lists many supply chain issues, none of which are particularly difficult. We’ve had 40+ years of getting our heads round the oil & gas industry, so with a little encouragement and  bit of cash we’ll soon deliver.

However, to our minds the report misses one key aspect on the positive side of the search for and delivery of unconventional gas: an aspect that will help dispel the doubters, smooth the planning, construction and production of wells, and could provide the UK with an external income for decades to come.

How many people are aware of the fact that there are over 2000 nodding donkeys, well sites and above ground gas installations currently in the UK countryside today? Unless you walk your dog by one you’ll be blissfully unaware that these vital components of the onshore oil and gas technology (which help heat your, water, house and food) are practically invisible.

In 40+ years of oil and gas production the UK has become good at designing, building then hiding these things away. That process will be repeated with unconventional gas sites. Even the construction work can be done with very little disruption to the local environment.

We think: if we’re going to start the exploration of unconventional gas in earnest we should be ready to do it properly, show the people and the world what we can do, then export the engineering capability (like we used to do).

Онлайн Казино

Онлайн Казино

На постсоветском пространстве среди любителей азартных развлечений самым популярным игровым ресурсом является бренд «Вулкан», который давно оценили и регулярно используют геймеры из множества других стран мира.