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  • INEOS wins 21 new shale gas licenses in final part of UK Government’s 14th Licensing Round
    édité le 17/12/2015 - Plus de news de "INEOS" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "INEOS"

INEOS wins 21 new shale gas licenses in final part of UK Government’s 14th Licensing Round
INEOS was awarded 21 new Shale gas licences as the final part of the UK Government’s 14th licensing round. The company, which is now one of the UK’s biggest Shale gas players, was awarded 700’000 acres on top of its existing 300,000 acres.

As part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change announcement, the company was awarded licenses in the East Midlands and the North West. Areas include Runcorn, close to INEOS giant manufacturing facility in the town, and additional licenses in North Yorkshire, close to INEOS’ plants in Hull and Newton Aycliffe.

All licenses awarded by DECC are subject to planning permissions and as part of this INEOS has committed to full consultation with all local communities before proceeding with any Shale gas development. The company has also committed to share 6% of revenues with homeowners, landowners & communities close to its shale gas wells*.

Jim Ratcliffe, INEOS Chairman, says, “We are delighted with today’s announcement. The UK government has demonstrated it is determined to move forward with this exciting new industry. This is the start of a Shale gas revolution that will transform manufacturing in the UK. INEOS has the skills to safely extract the gas and we have already committed to both fully consult and to share the rewards with the local communities. ”

INEOS believes that its knowledge and experience in running complex petrochemical facilities, coupled with its world class sub surface expertise makes it the right company to extract UK Shale gas.

Gary Haywood, CEO INEOS Shale, says “My team has worked incredibly hard to showcase INEOS’ skills and to be awarded so many licences supports our belief that we are the right company to extract Shale gas in the UK. The government sees us as a safe pair of hands”

Unlike many of its rivals INEOS can use shale gas as both a feedstock and a power source. This means shale gas could help underpin the competiveness of INEOS’s manufacturing sites across the UK for years to come. Potentially these new “shale economics” could bolster the wider UK manufacturing sector as they have done in the US.

Jim Ratcliffe, INEOS Chairman, adds “At INEOS, we believe Shale gas could revolutionise UK manufacturing and we have the resources to make it happen, the skills to extract the gas safely and the vision to realise that communities must share in the rewards for it to be successfully developed.”

*4% to homeowners and landowners directly above wells and 2% to the wider communities.


INEOS will be the sole operator of the three licenses awarded today. Shale gas extraction has transformed communities in the USA where landowners own the mineral rights under their property. INEOS has developed an industry leading community benefits package that seeks to replicate this, giving communities a real stake in development. INEOS has promised to share 6% of revenues. Four percent of this would go to homeowners and landowners in the immediate vicinity of a well, and a further 2% to the wider community. Based on our estimates, a typical 10km by 10km development area would generate £375m for the community over its lifespan. Overall we anticipate that our future shale gas business could contribute over £2.5bn to communities under this scheme, having a material impact on regional economies and the standard of public services.

INEOS recognises that shale gas extraction is a controversial issue and communities have understandable questions about the potential risks and rewards. We will engage comprehensively and openly with communities at every stage to accurately convey the risks and rewards, so they can make an informed judgment about extraction. It is the view of mainstream scientific authorities such as the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering that shale gas can be extracted safely with appropriate regulation, and there could be real benefits from doing so, including jobs, tax revenue, local investment and improved energy security. It is vital to have a thorough and evidence-based conversation to ensure this opportunity is considered properly.

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