Cluff Natural Resources has raised $3.2 million to help advanced the development of its deep underground coal gasification (UCG) licenses in the UK.
Since January 2013 Cluff has been awarded five deep UCG licenses in offshore areas of the UK, totaling 30,881 hectares, by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the UK's Coal Authority. Deep UCG is a process by which coal, in situ, is converted into syngas and has been utilized onshore in countries such as Australia, South Africa, China, Canada and the US.
Cluff's management believes that deep UCG offshore UK could lead to the gasification of much of the billions of tons of untapped coal surrounding the UK's coastline, which is unable to be exploited economically by conventional coal mining.
Chief Executive Algy Cluff commented in a company statement:
"I am delighted to have secured this funding in order to progress the five Deep UCG licences we have successfully secured in the UK in 2013. With an estimated 1.75-billion ton total coal resource within our portfolio we are eager to commence the necessary steps to unlock this stranded energy in order to address the UK's drastic energy shortfall and create value for shareholders."
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