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QRC welcomes state recognition of UCG technology

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The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the state’s chief scientist’s formal validation of Carbon Energy’s underground coal gasification (UCG) practices, while criticising the Queensland government for its continued ban on UCG development in the state.

“Yet despite confirmation that Carbon Energy’s technology is successful and environmentally safe, Queensland will not enjoy the economic benefits that comes with building this new energy industry,” said Michael Roche, the QRC’s Chief Executive.

Carbon Energy has invested AUS$150 million development its UCG technology – but earlier this year the Queensland government banned UCG development in the state, “without releasing evidence to justify the rash decision,” added Roche.

The decision “raised questions for innovative businesses operating in Queensland, as well as the state’s ability to attract future investment,” continued Roche. “Now, with science on its side, Carbon Energy will look to continue its investment in other jurisdictions, taking with it potential jobs that could have gone to Queenslander.”

In June, the formal registration of Carbon Energy’s Chinese joint venture, the Beijing JinHong New Energy Development Joint Venture, was announced – a key part of the company’s expansion activities in China. Carbon Energy is also participating in a UCG research centre in China with the China University of Mining and Technology.

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