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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Coal seam gas - the case for ...

ABC News:

Australia's methane gas could power the world: expert

12 September 2009

Australia's abundant methane gas reserves found in coal seams could help power the world, according to a gas industry consultant.

Addressing a major offshore oil and gas industry conference in Darwin this week, Tony Regan of Tri-Zen International says there are also rich reserves of methane gas within coal seams in the Gladstone and Bowen Basin region of Queensland.

"These are large world scale projects, expect to see some consolidation," he said.

"But at the moment, we have got five projects, potentially 28 million tonnes within five years. That's more than existing Australian northern production."

Mr Regan says that globally there are more reserves of coal methane than conventional natural gas reserves, and Australian reserves represent about 40 per cent of the world's proposed new projects.

"CBM [coal-bed methane] in Australia is very, very significant," he said.

"Australian energy development is hugely significant. Those projects there represent about 50 per cent of the total global proposed new capacity."

See - ABC News - Australia's methane gas could power the world: expert.


Blogger Alarm said...

Yes, but at what cost. CSM explorers, such as AGL Energy, are drilling through groundwater aquifers, risking groundwater which is crucial to not only agriculture, but to the cities and towns which rely on ground water. They do this with little regard for the water or the environment as a whole.
Forget this fossil fuel, which in a year or two's time will be considered just as dirty as coal is now, and everyone will be trying to justify it by saying we can sequester the CO2 emissions from burning the stuff. Get on with renewable energy and forget fossil fuels. It can be done if companies like AGL Energy forget about their share prices and are genuine about the environment.

8:52 PM, September 13, 2009

Blogger Concerned Ratepayer said...

Nobody has yet integrated power generation with carbon capture and storage at scale to create clean electricity, anywhere in the world.

9:31 PM, September 13, 2009

Anonymous Gamma said...

AGL and the other CSM explorers are only interested in dollars and will pay only lip service to environmental issues.

Everywhere that CSM extraction has occurred, there have been water table issues and AGl makes these wonderful motherhood statements like: if a problem occurs we will fix it. Rubbish!

8:08 AM, September 15, 2009

Anonymous Mr T said...

Concerned Ratepayer 9:31pm Sept 13: if carbon dioxide is all you're worried about with "carbon capture", then you have nothing to worry about.

CO2 is part of our carbon based life cycle and is not a pollutant.

10:53 AM, September 16, 2009


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