Scotland bans underground coal gasification

The Scottish Government has confirmed it will not support underground coal gasification (UCG) developments. It put a moratorium on UCG last year so evidence could be gathered and considered and a new independent report highlights “serious development concerns”. UCG is a method of extracting gas from coal seams that are too deep underground to be […]

Subsea coal struck under Scotland’s Firth of Forth

There are millions of tonnes of coal under the Firth of Forth in Scotland, it was announced today a firm which hopes to burn the coal to extract it as a gas. Cluff Natural Resources estimated 335 million tonnes of coal lie underwater in a swathe of the river estuary near to the Grangemouth oil, gas […]

Burning coal undersea could be fuel of the future

Burning coal under the seabed sounds like a crazy idea – but experts believe it is a safer, cleaner way of getting fuel out of the ground than traditional coal mining. Called underground coal gasification (UCG), the process of turning solid coal into gas deep underground gets at the coal trapped in tricky seams of […]