UK shale gas explorer Cuadrilla is to begin demobilising hydraulic fracturing equipment in northern England, while flow testing of its second horizontal shale gas well at the flagship Preston New Road site kicks off.

Cuadrilla said on Monday that testing at the second well, which was partially fractured in August, is to move forward in the next few weeks.

Chief executive Francis Egan said: “We believe that this will further demonstrate the huge commercial opportunity here.