Planning process for shale gas development


The exploratory phase seeks to acquire data to establish whether hydrocarbons are present. It may involve seismic surveys, exploratory drilling and gaining core samples, and in the case of shale gas, potentially hydraulic fracturing.

Exploratory drilling would normally take between 12-25 weeks but this will vary on a site by site basis and on the activity taking place such as coal bed methane or shale gas exploration. 

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