Fracking firm Cuadrilla moves its headquarters to Lancashire

LAUNCH CEREMONY: Bill Beaumont, right, and Francis Egan at the office opening

LAUNCH CEREMONY: Bill Beaumont, right, and Francis Egan at the office opening

Fracking energy firm Cuadrilla has opened its new national HQ in Lancashire.

In a clear sign of its ongoing commitment to the county, the firm has opened up new offices in Bamber Bridge.

I hope that Cuadrilla will soon be able to get on with their important work and provide further opportunities for the local businesses and skilled jobs for people in Lancashire.

Bill Beaumont

Cuadrilla has applied to drill for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire – Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood. The application was turned down by Lancashire County Council, but Caudrilla appealed and after a lengthy hearing the decision is now in the hands of the planning inspector.

Special guest at the formal opening of the new offices was ex England Rugby captain, Bill Beaumont, who cut the ribbon on a shale rock plaque.

Mr Beaumont told the guests, who included local business representatives, academia, farmers, students and shale gas exploration supporters: “I’ve been following Cuadrilla’s business with interest for a few years now.

“I’ve been particularly pleased to see them getting involved with the local community, not just as a sponsor of my own home club at Fylde RFC, but the time they give for the Young Engineers Competition for schools across the area.

“I hope that Cuadrilla will soon be able to get on with their important work and provide further opportunities for the local businesses and skilled jobs for people in Lancashire.”

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla said: “We are delighted now to be headquartered here in Lancashire so that people can see that our commitment to this county runs deep.

“As we grow and develop our company will increasingly benefit the county in terms of jobs, taxes and community funds bringing many gains for the people of Lancashire.

“We are grateful so many of our local supporters took the time to joins us for this special occasion.”