Carbon Energy Limited (ASX:CNX) Successful Introduction Of Syngas To Power Station
Brisbane, May 2, 2011 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Carbon Energy Limited (ASX:CNX) (PINK:CNXAF) is pleased to advise that testing of its 5 MW Power Station has commenced with the successful introduction of syngas to the first gas engine.
Following successful operation of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Panel 2 over the past 4 weeks the gas quality has been stabilised with the heating value of the syngas at the top end of the Company's modeled range.
Syngas from Panel 2 was introduced to the first of three gas engines at the end of last week. The engine successfully completed its start up procedure and operated in a stable state and was fuelled only by syngas during this testing phase. Testing will now continue to tune the engine management system for optimal operation on syngas and test all electrical connections from this engine's generator to its termination points. Testing will then be conducted on the remaining 2 engines in sequence.
Andrew Dash, the Company's Managing Director said "This is an important step in the development for Australia's first UCG syngas power station. We have been very pleased with the operation of Panel 2 to date and starting the first engine on our UCG syngas is a key milestone in proving the commercial application of syngas. While there is more work to do, we look forward to completing the testing and progressing to the full commissioning of the plant and exporting electricity to the local grid".
Further amendments to the Company's environmental conditions are required to move from the testing phase, to ramp-up syngas production and then fully commission the 5 MW power station to deliver electricity to the grid. These amendments are currently being progressed with the Queensland Department of Environment & Resource Management (DERM).
Further project updates will be provided over the coming months as other key milestones are achieved.
About Carbon Energy Limited
Carbon Energy (ASX:CNX) (OTCMKTS:CNXAY) is building a gas business, utilising its unique keyseam technology.
The Company is committed to providing industrial gas users with an affordable and secure source of high quality feedstock, as gas prices remain strong, through increased demand across our key markets.
Carbon Energy is the only company to complete a full-lifecycle, commercial scalable underground gasification trial. The Company's keyseam technology has successfully accomplished all the recommendations outlined by the Queensland government's Independent Scientific Panel (ISP) which included intense, independent environmental scrutiny.