GDF Suez follows Centrica into UK shale gas

The French energy giant has bought a stake in licences owned by Dart Energy and committed to £16.7m exploration over three years

GDF Suez has become the second large energy company to target UK shale gas, buying a stake in projects owned by developer Dart Energy.

On 22 October, the French company announced it had bought a 25% share in 13 of Dart’s onshore oil and gas licences. These centre on the Bowland Shale in Lancashire – thought to be the UK’s most promising area for shale gas.

The investment cost just £7.4m. GDF has also agreed to provide £16.7m over three years to support an exploration programme. That will include drilling up to four exploration wells for shale gas and ten for coal bed methane.

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