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Polish company fracks for shale gas in Ukraine

A Polish company has carried out shale gas ‘fracking’ in Ukraine.

Kulczyk Oil Ventures announced the drilling on 3 November and said in a statement: “Initial indications from the frack look positive and more information will be made available as soon as the company has definitive results.”

Kulczyk executive vice-president Jock Graham said the company was “very excited” by initial results of the exploration. “By proving that the reservoirs in our license areas respond to modern [fracking] technology, we have opened the door to substantial upside to our Ukraine project.”

Poland is one of Europe’s strongest advocates of shale gas exploration, as the country is believed to hold the greatest reserves on the continent.

News of Kulczyk’s drilling comes a day after publication of an independent report by European seismic experts that found that it was “highly probable” that drilling carried out in Lancashire in the UK had caused tremors in April and May of this year. The company that carried out the exploration, Cuadrilla Resources was forced to suspend drilling in Lancashire pending the report.

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