Syngas Power | Social Licence
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Social Licence

SPPL considers that a Social Licence to Operate has an equal status when compared to the resource, technical and commercial requirements of a syngas project. Consequently Syngas Power has commenced the process of obtaining such a Social Licence in each of its operating locations.

What is a Social Licence to Operate?

  • A Social License to Operate any project, including a syngas project, is obtained when a project has ongoing approval within the local community, other stakeholders and broad social acceptance.
  • “You don’t get your social license by going to a government ministry and making an application or simply paying a fee” – Pierre Lassonde, President of Newmont Mining Corporation.

Securing a Social Licence

  • SYNGAS from ISG has good credentials for a social licence to operate because it is Safe, Environmentally sustainable and Socially Attractive, whilst delivering Local Community and Wider Stakeholder Benefits.
  • Syngas Power is engaging in transparent dialogue with the relevant stakeholders to secure community support. The community’s perception of corruption, ‘half-truths’, misleading information and environmental disregard does NOT characterise Syngas Power and the business’ attempt to gather support for potential projects.
  • The below diagrams contrast how Syngas Power will obtain a social licence, compared to the community’s perception of ‘Big Business’ and unconscionable dealings.

Community Perception – Gaining a S.L.O


Syngas Power – Gaining a S.L.O


The Case of Syngas Power

  1. Syngas is produced from the gasification of DEEP in-situ coal, 100s of metres BELOW existing coal mines
  2. No CONNECTION to shallow (~200 metres) aquifers used for human or agricultural use
  3. Subsidence is UNLIKELY
  4. The syngas gasifier chamber pressure is set BELOW the natural hydrostatic pressure
  5. Groundwater movement is INTO the gasifier chamber
  6. Oil and gas industry norms are APPLIED to the design and operation
  1. SMALLEST surface footprint of all energy sources – including renewables. Sited over brownfields mined out coal mines
  3. NO THREAT to or entry onto agricultural lands
  4. Minimal saline or chemically contaminated ground water pumped to the surface
  5. NO necessity for 1,000s of kms of gas or water pipelines crisscrossing the countryside
  6. NO scarring of landscapes from open-cut coal mines
  7. NO movement of coal for stockpiling, transport, unloading and reclaiming
  8. NO coal dust so no pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) yearly killing 1,000s of coal miners around the world 10.NO coal-fired boiler ash to be filtered, captured, transported and stockpile in ash dumps
  9. NO particulate matter (PM 2.5) emitted into the atmosphere (VIP for China)
  10. CO2 is economically captured from the pressurised raw syngas stream
  11. CO2 for algae to produce proteins for food or liquid fuels, or enhanced oil recovery or sequestration
  1. New short-term (approx. 2 years) local employment opportunities in the construction phase
  2. New life-of-project (15-25 years) local employment opportunities in the operating phase
  3. New local business opportunities for services, material and equipment supply
  4. Federal Government income taxes paid from company profits
  5. State Government licence fees and royalties paid
  6. Company dividends paid to shareholders