Carbon Energy has achieved electricity generation using underground coal gasification (UCG) at its Bloodwood Creek power plant in Queensland, Australia.

The plant is due to be connected to Ergon Energy’s local electricity grid in October. This will be Australia’s first syngas plant.

Over the past few weeks, Carbon Energy has been testing the gas engines under load. Testing each of the three engines in turn will continue until connection to the grid.

Andrew Dash, managing director of Carbon Energy, said: “Generation of electricity from syngas demonstrates the value of UCG in delivering a viable method of power generation which is more environmentally friendly than traditional coal fired power plants.

“Importantly, as demand for low-cost, cleaner energy continues to grow, our capabilities to produce base-load electricity from otherwise stranded coal resources will be valued more significantly by the market.”

Carbon Energy has recently announced projects in the USA, Turkey and Chile.

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