Underground coal gas power project on cards in Free State

Engineering News 24 April 2013.

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A project that will supply underground coal gas from a deep, stranded coal deposit in the Free State to an independent power producer (IPP) is at an advanced stage of planning.

Former Sasol executives Johan Brand and Eliphus Monkoe, who bought 1.4-billion tons of coal near Theunissen from BHP Billiton, have teamed up as African Carbon Energy (Africary), which has been operating since 2007.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with a still-to-be-named IPP, which will build, own and operate a 50 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant and buy the underground coal gasification- (UCG-) produced syngas as a fuel gas from Africary.

“We will be transforming the face of coal mining and electricity production in South Africa,” Brand told Mining Weekly Online in an interview on the sidelines of the Fossil Fuel Foundation UCG workshop on Wednesday…

(Contributor’s note: What about doing an EIA? What about their carbon emissions? What about fugitive emissions? What about water usage? What about the air pollution from the incineration of the waste condensate? What about jumping through all the hoops that the renewable energy IPPs had to?)

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