What is “Syngas”?
Syngas is a mixture of hydrogen H2, carbon monoxide CO, methane CH4, carbon di-oxide CO2 and nitrogen N2.
What is the Value to Australian and World-Wide Industry?
Syngas is a long-term, secure, price-competitive local source of energy NOT exposed to export market pressures. Its consumers will be local Australian and local World-Wide industries, including power stations, alumina plants, cement works, brickworks, methanol, DME, fertilizer and gas-to-liquids plants.
Where are the Prime Syngas Production Targets?
Australia’s first syngas projects will be where there is deep coal adjacent to power stations, such as the NSW Hunter Valley and the Collie region south-east of Perth, WA and internationally in the North, UK and Japan.
How is Syngas Produced?
Syngas s produced from chemical reactions by the application of heat, water and air or oxygen to coal in a closed space. Syngas produced in above-ground chambers is a major industry world-wide.
What is In-Situ Syngas?
In-situ syngas is sourced from the in-situ gasification of local deep (<850m) coal seams hundreds of meters below aquifers used for human consumption, agriculture or industry. In-situ gasification is essentially the same as above-ground gasification, but without the cost and environmental impact associated with mining the coal and bringing it to the surface.
Is Syngas Production Safe?
Hundreds of meters of rock strata create an impermeable barrier between the gasification chamber and the aquifers used for human activities Production wells are constructed to oil and gas industry standard. Turning off the air-oxygen-supply tap immediately stops gasification.