Coal Authority grants Europa licenses for UCG off east coast of England

Source: Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc 

The Directors of Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc are pleased to announce the award to Europa by the Coal Authority of two licenses for underground coal gasification off the east coast of England. These areas are adjacent to Europa's existing East Midlands licenses. 

Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is a developing technology that recovers up to 80% of the calorific value of in situ coal by a process of controlled combustion. UCG, when combined with CO2 storage in the depleted coal seams, creates a source of energy which rivals nuclear for low emissions and has lower unit costs than conventional gas-fired power stations (1)

With only 30% utilisation rate for the coals, the estimated potential UCG energy resource in these two licence areas is 36EJ or 6 billion barrels of oil equivalent. 

Paul Barrett, Managing Director, said "Whilst UCG is in its infancy in Europe,it has great potential to extract energy cleanly from vast resources of virgin coal still present in parts of the UK. Europa's existing business position in the East Midlands is a perfect platform to pilot these technologies, whilst the proximity of the licenses to refinery, gas and energy infrastructure is a key to future commercialization of this resource."

License Details 

Conditional UCG Licenses with an initial 3 year term. 

Humber South 100km2 situated along the coast next to the Mablethorpe Gas Terminal 

Offshore Holderness 100km2 situated along the coast next to the Aldborough Gas Storage Facility and north of the Easington Gas Terminal 

Both licences held 90% Europa Oil & Gas (Resources) Limited and 10% Oxford Coal Consulting Limited 



Reference
1)
Kempka T. et al, 2009, Economic viability of in-situ coal gasification with downstream CO2 storage.



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