The Queensland Government’s recent announcement of recommendations from the Independent Scientific Panel (ISP) on Underground Gasification Pilot Trials in the state brings the commercialisation of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in Queensland firmly back on the agenda.
The ISP Report acknowledged the cutting edge technology of Australian Syngas Association (ASA) member Linc Energy, whose demonstration facility in Chinchilla, Queensland has been in operation for over 12 years. Linc Energy also has 50 years of commercial operating experience with UCG in Uzbekistan.
According to ASA President, Mr Bond, the Queensland Government’s wish to see the successful decommissioning of UCG gasifiers before commercial UCG operations can commence provides the right opportunity to the Australian UCG industry.
The ASA also thanked Premier Newman, Minister Cripps and their teams for assisting in unblocking the path to the commercialisation of UCG in Queensland, which will attract much needed investment into the state, create jobs for regional populations and assist in the supply of energy at a time when Australians are witnessing ever increasing energy prices.
UCG is quickly being adopted as the clean energy of choice by many countries around the world. The syngas product can be used in a variety of industrial processes including power generation and the production of liquid fuels, fertiliser and Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG). Significant environmental benefits of the UGC include reduced surface disturbance and land use conflicts, avoidance of greenhouse gas production associated with coal mining and a relatively small physical footprint for large amounts of energy extraction.
The ASA is the peak industry body on synthesis gas (Syngas), which is expected to revolutionise world energy.