Fracking Companies

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Information on the major players pushing fracking, unconventional and invasive gas mining in the UK (please e-mail us with any information):

Exploration & Production Companies

Company: Cuadrilla Resouces
Headquarters: Cuadrilla House, Stowe Court, Stowe Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6AQ
Investors: AJ Lucas Group Limited (£34.2 million), Riverstone LLC (£35.4 million)
Main UK contracting partner: PR Marriott Drilling Ltd, based in Chesterfield
Bankers: HSBC Bank Plc, 8 Canada Square, London, E14 5HQ
Auditors: KPMG LLP, One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GH
Solicitors: Peachey & Co LLP, 95 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4JF
Leases: PEDL 165 (Lancashire), PEDL 244, PEDL 247 (Sussex)
Comments: Developing 5 sites in Lancashire and one in Sussex

Company: Coastal Oil & Gas Ltd
Headquarters: First Floor, Unit 9, Bridgend Business Centre, Bridgend, Glamorgan, CF31 3SH.
Leases: PEDL 100, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221 (South Wales), PEDL 249, 250, 251, 252 (Kent)
Comments: Testing sites in South Wales and Kent. They share a parent company, UK Onshore Gas, with UK Methane, who are applying to test drill into coal and shale strata in Keynsham, near Bristol.
Coastal Oil and Gas are partnered with Adamo Energy, the UK branch of Australian multinational Eden Energy. Adamo Energy’s trading address is the same as that of Coastal Oil and Gas. They are haemorraging money and are dependent on their parent company for funding.

Company: UK Methane Ltd
Headquarters: First Floor, Unit 9, Bridgend Business Centre, Bridgend, Glamorgan, CF31 3SH.
Leases: PEDL 148, 149, 214, 215 (South Wales), PEDL 226, 227, 228 (Somerset)
Comments: Sites in South Wales. Are interested in developing Coal Bed Methane in Somerset, and plan to explore shale gas in the same area in 2-3 years time. Have applied to test drill into coal seams in Keynsham, near Bristol, with planning reference 12/04304/FUL. Planning applications are also expected in the south and west of their Somerset PEDL licenses.
They share a parent company, UK Onshore Gas, with Coastal Oil and Gas (see above).

Company: Dart Energy (Europe) Ltd (formerly Composite Energy)
Headquarters: 7 Queens Gardens, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB15 4YD
Leases: PEDL 133, 162, 163 (Scotland), PEDL 185, 188, 189, 211 (Wales), PEDL 173, 174, 175, 176, 179, 200, 207, 210 (North East)
Comments: Developing Coal Bed Methane sites in Cheshire, Yorkshire and Scotland. Bought out Greenpark Energy in April 2012.
Leases: PEDL 64, 159 (Scotland/Cumbria), PEDL 65, 146, 170, 175, 179 (Yorkshire), PEDL 40, 56, 67, 196, 198, AL10 (Staffordshire), PEDL 147 (Cheshire).

Company: Island Gas (IGas) Ltd
Headquarters: 7 Down Street, London W1J 7AJ
Leases: PEDL 190, 193, 194 (North West), PEDL 115 (Midlands)
Comments: Interested in exploiting shale gas in the North West and Midlands

Company: Fairfax Shelfco 320 Ltd
Headquarters: Fairfax House, 15 Fulwood Place, London, WC1V 6AY
Leases: PEDL 225 (Somerset) PEDL 236
Comments: Seems to be a front company for Reservoir Resources Ltd, who dissolved in May two days before this company was set up. Reservoir Resources were acquired in March by American Energy Development (AED).

Company: Egdon Resources
Headquarters: The Wheat House, 98 High Street, Odiham, Hampshire, RG29 1LP
Leases: PEDL 237, 281
Comments: Mainly small scale oil but talking about shale gas in Gainsborough Trough, perhaps test well within a year.

Company: Alkane Energy
Headquarters: Edwinstowe House, High Street, Edwinstowe, Notts, NG21 9PR
Leases: PEDL 254, 255, 202
Comments: Purchased some of Greenpark’s licences from Dart and looks likely to expand into CBM

Underground Coal Gasification

Company: Cluff Natural Resources
Headquarters: Third Floor, 5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS
Comments: Recently purchased the 2 new UCG licences, one in the Loughor Estuary in Carmarthenshire, the other in the Dee Estuary on the borders of Merseyside and N Wales.

Company: Clean Coal Ltd
Headquarters: Third Floor, 15 Poland Street, London W1F 8QE
Comments: Five Underground Coal Gasification license around UK

Company: Riverside Energy Ltd
Headquarters (UK): Lacon House, 84 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8RW
Comments: Six Underground Coal Gasification license around UK

Company: BCG Energy Ltd
Headquarters: 32 Carden Place, Aberdeen AB10 1UP
Comments: Underground Coal Gasification license in Firth of Forth

Company: Five-Quarter Energy Ltd
Headquarters: Rotterdam House, 116 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DY
Comments: Underground Coal Gasification license off Tyneside

Company: Europa Oil & Gas
Headquarters: 11 The Chambers, Vineyard, Abingdon OX14 3PX
Comments: Two Underground Coal Gasification licenses around Humber Estuary

Major Investors

Company: AJ Lucas Group Ltd
Headquarters (UK): Hanover Court, 5 Queen Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6QD
Comments: Investors in Cuadrilla Resources

Company: Riverstone LLC
Headquarters (UK): 3 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
Comments: Investors in Cuadrilla Resources

Company: Carlyle Group
Headquarters (UK): Lansdowne House, 57 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6ER
Comments: Investors in Cuadrilla Resources through Riverstone LLC

Company: Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Headquarters (UK): Peterborough Court, 133 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BB
Comments: Investors in Cuadrilla Resources through Riverstone LLC

Company: Kerogen Capital Ltd
Headquarters (UK): 3rd Floor, 10 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1DW
Comments: Investor in Cuadrilla Resources through A J Lucas

Company: BG Group
Headquarters: Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire RG6 1PT
Comments: Investor in Shale Gas licences with Dart Energy

Company: HSBC
Headquarters: 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom
Comments: Have made $100m loan available to Dart Energy, Cudrilla’s banker and cheer-leading fracking in China.


Company: Remsol
Headquarters: Remsol House, 20 Navigation Business Village, Navigation Way, Riversway, Preston, Lancashire PR2 2YP
Comments: Chirpy new waste magicians for Cuadrilla Resources.

Company: PR Marriott Drilling Ltd
Headquarters: Springwater House, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, Chesterfield S45 9BQ
Comments: Main contracting partner for Cuadrilla Resources

Company: Meehan Drilling
Headquarters: 40 Kilmorey Street, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 2DE
Comments: Main drilling contractor for IGas Ltd

Company: Geometric Cofor Ltd
Headquarters: Laurel House, Laurelhill Business Park, Polmaise Road, Stirling FK7 9JQ
Comments: Drilling contractors for Dart Energy

Company: British Drilling and Freezing Company Ltd
Headquarters: Private Road No 3., Colwick Industrial Estate, Colwick, Nottingham NG4 2BB
Comments:Drilling contractors for Cuarilla Resources and IGas Ltd

Company: Equipment & Maintenance Solutions Ltd
Headquarters: Units 1 & 2, Fulwood Road, North Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire NG17 2NB
Comments: Contractors for Cuarilla Resources

Company: Total Environmental Technology Ltd
Headquarters: Kirkburn Manor, Main Street, Kirkburn, Driffield YO25 9DU
Comments: Contractors for Cuarilla Resources and IGas Ltd

Company: Greens Environmental
Headquarters: Hillhouse International Site, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 4QA
Comments: Contractors for Cuadrilla Resources

Company: WG Tanker Hire
Headquarters: Leek Road, Waterhouses, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 3HN
Comments: Contractors for Cuarilla Resources

Public Relations

Company: Bell Pottinger Sans Frontieres
Headquarters: 14 Curzon Street, London W1J 5HN
Comments: Public relations for the Shale Gas industry in the UK

Company: PPS Group Ltd
Headquarters: Langham House, 302-308 Regent Street, London W1B 3AT
Comments: Public relations consultants for Cuadrilla Resources

Company: Lexington Communications
Headquarters: 198 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Comments: Public relations consultants for IGas Ltd