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    Linc Energy to begin underground coal gasification operation in Poland

    Linc Energy

    Linc Energy Ltd. has gained initial approval from the Polish Ministry of the Environment to begin an Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) project in Poland.

    The project will take place upon the company’s nominated UCG site within its coal resource license area near Krakow in Poland. Thus far, Linc Energy has completed coal resource drilling, a seismic survey and a detailed evaluation of the coals geological conditions.

    The company’s internal evaluation indicates that its Polish coal resources could produce approximately 800 billion cubic meters of pipeline gas across the life of the combined UCG projects at the rate of 10 billion cubic meters of gas per annum for the next 80 years.

    Working with Polish regulators on the first stage of the project, Linc Energy will conduct gas production trials and verify its proprietary UCG process. The aim of the first stage will be to confirm that UCG operations in Poland are operated as a safe and environmentally acceptable method of industrial scale gas extraction that can be adopted as a commercial energy solution in the near future.

    Linc Energy will be working with a number of local Polish companies and research organizations during the construction and operation phases of the project. Finalization of some regulatory approvals is still before construction can begin.

    As part of the new Polish UCG demonstration operation, Linc Energy intends to move some of its existing UCG equipment and gas lab from Chinchilla in Australia to Poland, as well as re-use a significant amount of UCG production equipment. Key items are expected to begin arriving in Poland by the end of the 4th quarter of 2014.

    In a prepared statement, Peter Bond, CEO and managing director of Linc Energy, noted that UCG could change the current energy landscape in Europe by creating gas self-sufficiency in markets currently dependent on imported gas supplies.

    “After all, once Linc Energy takes its Polish UCG operations to a commercial scale, Linc Energy alone could replace 10 billion cubic meters of gas per annum for in excess of 80 years,” he said.

     

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