Information on the major players pushing fracking, unconventional and invasive gas mining in the UK (please e-mail us with any information):
Fracking (Shale and Coal Bed Methane)
A subsidiary of AIM listed company IGas Energy trying to exploit Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and Shale Gas in Cheshire, East Midlands and Scotland after buying Composite Energy and Greenpark Energy in 2011/2012. French utility firm GDF Suez is investing £24 million to help Dart explore for CBM/shale gas in England.
An AIM listed company trying to exploit Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and Shale Gas mainly in the North West and East Midlands. French oil giant Total SA is investing £29.5 million to help IGas explore for shale gas in Central England. IGas also owns Dart Energy.
A Privately owned company trying to exploit shale oil and gas in Lancashire and Sussex. Investors in Cuadrilla include Australian company AJ Lucas, US Riverstone LLC and more recently UK utility company Centrica has brought 25% of Cuadrilla’s licences in Lancashire.
Ineos anticipates being a major player in the Shale Gas industry.
The principal business of Rathlin Energy is in the exploration for, and development of, oil and gas reserves in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Third Energy Holdings Limited is financed by private equity. It has several wholly owned subsidiaries, Third Energy Onshore Limited, Third Energy Offshore Limited and Third Energy Services Limited.
Magellan's UK position consists of interests in seven exploration permits located in or adjacent to the Weald Basin, which is geographically situated southwest of London and which contains multiple unconventional and conventional oil and gas prospects.
- Address: 2nd Floor, 2 City Place, Beehive Ring Road, Gatwick, West Sussex, RH6 0PA
- Website: www.magellanpetroleum.com
- Address: Unit 13 51 Village Farm Road, Village Farm Ind Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF33 6BL
- Website: www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/coastal-oil-and-gas
InfraStrata is an independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company. The Company is focused on two areas in the UK, in Dorset, England and Antrim, Northern Ireland.
- Address: InfraStrata plc 80 Hill Rise Richmond Surrey TW10 6UB
- Phone: +44 (0) 20 8332 1200
- Website: www.infrastrata.co.uk/
ReachCSG operates the DECC hydrocarbon licence PEDL162 in the Midland Valley of Scotland.
Tamboran Resources Limited is a private international exploration company focused on finding and developing unconventional oil and gas resources in multiple basins around the world.
Alkane has various onshore Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences ('PEDLs') with its main operations based on a portfolio of coal mine methane ('CMM') sites.
- Address: First Floor Unit 9, Bridgend Business Centre, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF31 3SH
Shale Energy PLC is an independent gas business and emerging coal bed methane (CBM) and shale gas developer.
Hutton Energy has four onshore UK licenses, PEDL 254, 255, 204 and 208 covering approximately 111,000 acres in the East Midlands.
Aurora Energy Resources Limited, a UK company based in Aberdeen, holds Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) 164 covering 100km2 of West Lancashire and Merseyside.
- Address: Westfield Estate Milltimber Aberdeen AB13 0EX United Kingdom
- Website: www.aurora-energy-resources.com
Johnson Thallo Energy Ltd is a new Independent Oil and Gas Company focused on the Extraction of Crude Oil and Natural Gas.
- Address: 40 Cornwall Gardens, London SW7 4AA, United Kingdom
Energi Oil is a UK based fracking company with plans to extract shale gas in the Clare Basin in Ireland
- Address: Wisby A Site, Eagle Moor, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 9DP, UK
- Phone: +44(0)1522 500539
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: 21 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JS, UK
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: 50 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9WJ, UK
- Address: Blackstable House, Longridge, Stroud GL6 7QX , UK
- Website: www.heycoenergy.com/content/operations/international/
Catalytic Support Systems Ltd. specialises in knitted wire mesh products for the automotive industry. However it would appear that they now also supply gaskets and seals for Cuadrilla's fracking operation in Lancashire.
Underground Coal Gasification
One of the UK’s most visible prospective UCG companies. Founded by multi-millionaire Algy Cluff who made his fortune in gold-mining in Africa and North Sea Oil.
Hold a number of Underground Coal Gasification licenses around the UK.
Australian UCG company. Best known for it’s licence covering a large area of the Thames Estuary.
- Address: Belgrave House 39 -43 Monument Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, United Kingdom, KT13 8RN
BCG currently focuses specifically on UCG operations via subsidiary companies. Best known for it’s licence in the Firth of Forth, Scotland.
Five Quarter are one of the UK’s most advanced UCG companies and have been successful in securing government backing for it’s proposed UCG project in the North East of England. The company coined the term ‘Deep Gas Winning’ in an attempt to shirk the negative publicity associated with UCG.
Hold two Underground Coal Gasification licenses around Humber Estuary.
The Marriott Drilling Group is the largest onshore deep drilling company based in the United Kingdom operating 20 drilling and workover rigs.
Meehan Drilling provides a wide range of services to public, private and agricultural sectors including Oil & Gas Drilling, Water Well Drilling, Directional Drilling, Trenchless Installation and Geothermal Drilling.
Moorhouse Drilling & Completions is a small independent consultancy company which plans and manages oil and gas well drilling projects for clients around the world.
Geometric Cofor are a drilling company which have previously drilled wells for Dart Energy.
- Address: Unit 4, Evans Business Centre, Nobel Way, Dinnington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 3QB
- Phone: +44 (0) 114 321 2430
British Drilling and Freezing Company Limited (BDF) and its Boldon Drilling and BB Drilling divisions, is the UK's largest onshore drilling contractor.
ASC specialises in providing microseismic monitoring of rock masses particularly applied Shale Gas/oil. They offer seismic monitoring services aimed at mapping the position, growth and effectiveness of frack-jobs and monitor toxic fluid migration.
- Address: 5 Claremont Buildings, Claremont Bank, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1RJ
- Phone: +44 (0)1743 271440
- Website: www.appliedseismology.com/
Most visible seismic testing company in the UK. Has reputation for trespassing on private land and threatening residents. Has been used by some of the country's most aggressive shale/coal bed methane exploration companies including IGas.
Global seismic-testing company. Has offices in Crawley. Has operated in the largest U.S shale plays including Marcellus and Haynesville. Best known in UK for conducting seismic testing on the Fylde Peninsula, Lancashire for Cuadrilla Resources.
Geotechnical Engineering are based in Gloucester, but do work all over the UK. They are not seismic specialists but are used by UK-based fracking companies to conduct seismic testing. They conducted Cuadrilla Resources original seismic tests on the Fylde Peninsula, Lancashire alongside CGG back in 2011.
Micro-seismic testing company looking to place itself in the centre of the UK fracking market. Has ties to underground coal gasification (UCG) development via it's partnership with the Welsh Seren Project.
A waste management service involved in treating and disposing of waste flowback fluids after hydraulic fracturing has taken place.
Contractors for Cuarilla Resources and IGas Energy.
- Address: Kirkburn Manor, Main Street, Kirkburn, Driffield YO25 9DU
- Phone: +44 (0) 1377 229138
- Website: www.totalenvironmental.co.uk/
Waste removal contractors for Cuadrilla Resources.
AdvanSci is a specialist applied scientific and engineering consultancy which provides strategic and technical services in the fields of radioactive, non-radioactive and hazardous wastes management.
Envireau Water is a specialist consultancy providing guidance on design, management and regulatory issues relating to water management and environmental issues in the UK and worldwide.
Waste management and transport company provided services to Cuadrilla at the Shale Gas exploration site in Balcombe.
Hazardous waste disposal company planning to take solid radioactive waste from Cuadrilla at the company’s Kings Cliffe landfill.
Transport contractors for Cuadrilla Resources.
Haulage company which provides transport services to a number of fracking companies, including IGas Energy and Cuadrilla Resources.
- Address: 128 St. Johns Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6UR
- Phone: +44 (0) 7780 994 080
- Address: Goole Road, Swinefleet, Goole DN14 8AR, United Kingdom
- Phone: 01405 704 280
- Address: 15 Caspian Crescent, Grimsby DN33 3RZ, United Kingdom
- Phone: 07734 961939
- Address: Earl Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 6QG, UK
- Phone: +44 161 485 62 22
- Website: www.basf.co.uk
- Address: 14 Golden Square, Aberdeen AB10 1RH, UK
- Phone: +44 (0) 1224 251180
- Website: www.apex-tubulars.com/
Barton Willmore is an integrated planning and design consultancy which provides planning services for a number of fracking companies including Third Energy, Celtique Energie, Egdon Resources.
RPS is a global, multi-disciplinary consultancy which has provide planning services to fracking company Dart Energy
Investors in Cuadrilla Resources
- Address: Hanover Court, 5 Queen Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6QD
- Phone: +61 (2) 9490 4000
- Website: www.lucas.com.au/
Investors in Cuadrilla Resources
- Address: 3 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
- Phone: 44 (20) 3206 6300
- Website: riverstonellc.com/
Investors in Cuadrilla Resources through Riverstone LLC
Investors in Cuadrilla Resources through Riverstone LLC
Investor in Cuadrilla Resources through A J Lucas
Investors in Shale Gas licenses with Dart Energy.
Total SA invest in Shale Gas licenses including a 40% share in two UK licenses for Shale Gas exploration in the East Midlands.
- Address: one euston square, 40 melton street, London, NW1 2FD
- Phone: +44 (0) 20 7339 8000
- Website: total.com/en
Investors with Cuadrilla Resources of Shale Gas Licenses in Lancashire.
French energy company investing in Shale Gas licenses in the UK with Dart Energy.
Investor in Third Energy, which is 97% owned by Barclays Natural Resource Investments, a private equity arm of the bank.
Australian company which has investments in a number of licences in the south of England and Wales, previously through its subsidiary Adamo Energy, and more recently through the publically listed Shale Energy PLC. The company is very closely associated with UK Onshore Gas Ltd and its subsidiaries, UK Methane and Coastal Oil & Gas.
Provides security services for Cuadrilla.
Provides security services for Cuadrilla Resources, guarding sites in Lancashire.
- Address: 60 Lansdowne Place, Hove BN3 1FG, UK
Provides security services for Dart Energy.
Solicitors touting for business in the field of suppressing anti-fracking protests using injunctions etc.
The Peel Group (commonly known by its former name Peel Holdings) is a private real estate, media, transport and infrastructure investment company in the United Kingdom.
The Buccleuch Estates are property of the Duke of Buccleuch, making him the largest private landowner in Europe. The Estate is involved coalbed methane (CBM) extraction, providing sites for Dart Energy's project near Canonbie in Scotland, as well as Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), with investments in UCG company Five-Quarter and the Estates Energy Director on Five-Quarter's board.
- Address: Plumpton Hall Farm Westby Kirkham Preston Lancashire PR4 3PJ England
- Website: www.yell.com/biz/t-h-wensley-and-sons-preston-1232361/
- Address: Burlands Charlwood Road, Ifield Wood, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0JZ
- Phone: 01293 544856
- Website: www.pjbrown.co.uk/
- Address: Roseacre Hall Roseacre Road, Roseacre, Preston, PR4 3UE
- Phone: 01772 690579
- Website: www.yell.com/biz/h-and-c-pickervance-preston-7096866/
HSBC is a shareholder in fracking firm Dart Energy, who it has lent £63 million. It provides banking services to fracking firm Cuadrilla and also helped BG Group raise €1 billion.
Macquarie provides financing, equity capital and price risk management to producers and consumers of metals (including precious and base metals), bulk commodities (coal, iron ore, industrial minerals and uranium) and upstream oil and gas.
CERL is a specialist Consultancy providing management services and advice to fracking Operators, Investors and Suppliers in an attempt to improve their position within the UK shale gas/oil industry.
Consultancy firm founded in 2005 that offers strategic, management, data analysis and financial advise to the oil and gas industry. They see fracking as a major new market opportunity.
Provides commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries. Has significant business with North American fracking industry.
- Address: Wood Mackenzie Ltd 5th Floor 1 Finsbury Square London EC2A 1AE, UK
- Phone: +44 (0) 20 3060 0400
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.woodmac.com/public/industry-views/content/12180820
SLR provides advice a wide range of strategic and site specific environmental and sustainability issues to the energy sector. Within the fracking industry, SLR specialises in trying to help shale gas/oil companies appear socially acceptable.
AMEC are best know for servicing Canada's Tar Sands industry. In the UK, however, they have been most visible when collating the Government's Strategic Environmental Assessment for Further Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing and more recently, preparing Cuadrilla's planning applications for the Fylde Peninsula, Lancashire.
Consultants specialising in getting unpopular and controversial projects through the planning permitting process. Best known in the UK for their work with Dart Energy (who have been bought by IGas Energy).
Public affairs, public relations, crisis communication, opinion research and message development for Cuadrilla & Centrica.
Public relations for oil and gas exploration and production, oil field services, mining and renewable energy. Provided crisis response, sentiment improvement, digital and social media for Dart Energy.
Worked to position Cuadrilla Resources as the leading proponent of shale gas exploration in the UK and attempt to improve the company’s reputation after it created seismic activity with it's first frack at Preese Hall in Lancashire in 2011.
PPS is a multi-client lobbying firm specialising in the property and development industry. PPS worked to improve Cuadrillas reputation after it created seismic activity with it's first frack at Preese Hall in Lancashire in 2011. They continue to play a role in Cuadrilla’s "stakeholder engagement" programme trying to build understanding and support for Cuadrilla’s operations (both in Lancashire and the south east of England).
Currently provides UK public affairs consultancy services to IGas Energy. Lexington also provides PR and lobbying services to a slew of Biotech and genetically modified (GM) crop companies, nanotech companies and lobbies government on behalf of developers and the house-building sector.
Public Relations company based in London. Has ventured into the fracking world via it's services for Infrastrata in Northern Ireland.
Public relations for Egdon Resources.
Caroline Collett both works for Five-Quarter (UK's most visible UCG company) as PR and Media Director and runs the PR company that Five-Quarter contract for media/PR consultancy work. Confused? You should be.
Public relations for Cluff Natural Resources.
Large PR company (clients include Tata Steel, Shell, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs). Know very little about fracking and know a lot about PR. They're not doing a great job. Represent Cuadrilla resources and Tamboran - currently the two most visible and unpopular fracking companies operating in the UK.
Large UK-based PR company. Within energy sector, they specialise in 'greening' the image of fossil fuel companies. Currently representing fracking companies Rathlin Energy and Tamboran Resources.
Public Affairs for IGas, Ineos, Cuadrilla, Shale Energy PLC, Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG).
Large PR and lobbying company specialising in making companies that operate in socially/morally questionable fields appear palatable to the general public and governments. Within the UK, currently represents fracking companies Third Energy and the industry consortium The United Kingdom Onshore Operators’ Group.