The company intends to apply for planning permission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells on each of the sites, one at Roseacre Wood and the other at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
Separate applications will also be made to install two seismic arrays that would be used to monitor the hydraulic fracturing process.
The independent planning and environmental consultancy Arup will prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for each of the new exploration sites.
The Cuadrilla team has started to speak to residents and community representatives living near to the two new sites, which are located close to Roseacre and Little Plumpton, and the company is undertaking a programme of public consultation about its proposals.
Francis Egan, Chief Executive, Cuadrilla, said: “We’ve been working hard to assess our site options and have undertaken extensive technical and geological analysis. As a result of this work, we have decided to focus on just two sites at this time.
“This will allow us to reduce the potential impact on the local area during exploration while still gathering the important information we need to determine how much gas could be recovered. We’re committed to being a good neighbour and to talking with the community at every stage of the process.”