Our flagship project is the extensive sub-bituminous reserves located under the Firth of Forth - the first UCG licence awarded in the UK.
Geological evaluation shows that there could be approximately one billion tonnes of coal arranged in multiple stacked seams. Syngas will be generated by drilling from the shore and/or small offshore platforms, processed onshore and used to generate base load electricity in Fife. The capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CCS) produced by UCG power generation will be an integral part of the technology.
This project will not only help to rejuvenate the Fife, a traditional coal mining area, but also provide the necessary back up to renewable energy, as the conventional coal and nuclear power stations are phased out.
Other candidate UCG projects being evaluated elsewhere in the UK and internationally will convert the syngas to fuels and chemicals. One project which is relatively distant from the grid will involve the manufacture of diesel using the Fischer-Tropsch process. Another project is being considered for the manufacture of methanol, an important intermediate for making a variety of plastics and industrial chemicals. A third project is intended for substitute natural gas, which can be distributed through the gas transmission system.