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Plans for Scottish underground coal gasification plant

World Coal,

Algy Cluff, chairman of Cluff Natural Resources (CNR), hopes to build the UK’s first underground coal gasification (UCG) plant in Kincardine, Scotland.

The firm said an indpendent consultant had now verified its previously announced find of 335 million t of coal in the company’s Kincardine License Area.

The license area spans 3687 ha. and contains 43 million t of coal, which would be suitable for UCG.

The independent report said the coal resource represented 1395 billion ft3 of natural gas. 1 billion ft3 alone could power 11 000 homes for a year.

Cluff said the UCG plant would benefit the area, as it would result “in the creation of new jobs, help protect existing industry as well as create significant supply chain benefits”.

He added that “all actual gasification of coals will take place hundreds of metres beneath the Firth of Forth itself and therefore not anticipated to materially impact the onshore area”.

Local MPs have been intrigued by Cluff’s proposed plant, which could benefit the Longannet coal-fired power plant and the Grangemouth petrochemical complex.

Dunfermline MP, Thomas Docherty, said the UCG proposals “and interesting development”, adding, “I will look to meet with Cluff over the coming weeks so that I can better understand what they are seeking to achieve.”

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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