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Large donation to further coal bed methane research

World Coal,

A large donation has been made in support of the burgeoning coalbed methane (CBM) in Australia.

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG) has attracted AU$ 3.25 million in funding to further its research capabilities.

CCSG’s latest industry partner, Australia Pacific LNG, committed the funding to the centre’s research programme, which focuses on the areas of water, geosciences, petroleum engineering and social performance.

CCSG director, Prof. Andrew Garnett, said Australia Pacific LNG was the fourth industry member to support the work of the centre, joining QGC, Arrow Energy and Santos.

“We now have a commitment from the four large coal seam gas operators in Queensland, which will allow the Centre greater scope for researching industry-wide topics,” he said.

“Our research will enable the Australian gas sector to better meet the needs of the environment, community, government and industry.”

Australia Pacific LNG CEO, Page Maxson, said the funding would also contribute to the Centre’s education programme, helping to provide skilled graduates to the onshore gas industry.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Centre, to continue to improve the knowledge of industry practices, and improve social and environmental management and technological innovation,” he said.

Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson

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