Cluff announces major progress for its Fife and Forth estuary coal-gas exploration plans

Cluff's coal-gas exploration area (in red) on the upper Forth
Cluff’s coal-gas exploration area (in red) on the upper Forth

Cluff Natural Resources – the AIM quoted UK natural resources investing company which aims to recover huge coal-gas reserves from the Forth Estuary – has announced that it is making further ‘significant progress’ with its development plans.

Cluff has three exploration licences for coal-gas off the south Fife coast in Largo Bay and at Kincardine.

 The company considers the potential scale of underground coal gasification reserves in the Firth of Forth could be sufficient to offer a solution to ‘secure the future of power generation at Longannet ‘(which is due to close in the near future) through the construction of a gas fired power station which could be co-fired with UCG-produced syngas (underground coal gasification)

It aims to submit formal planning applications to Fife council by the end of this year and today confirmed that under the terms of its memorandum of understanding (‘MOU’) with Halliburton Manufacturing and Services Limited (‘Halliburton’), significant progress has been made in the context of accelerating the development of both Cluff’s Southern North Sea gas and underground coal gasification (UCG) assets in the UK.

Cluff and Halliburton are currently working together on a structure which will facilitate and accelerate the drilling of one or more wells on Cluff’s current conventional licences in the southern North Sea.

At the same time Halliburton is providing technical and geological assistance in the development of Cluff’s southern North Sea assets and its Kincardine UCG Project in the Firth of Forth. This technical support is being utilised to develop the proposed submission of a planning application for a UCG production test at Kincardine.

Veteran energy entrepreneur and company chairman Algy Cluff said: “Our initial focus is to progress the Kincardine Project in the Firth of Forth as we look to develop the UK’s first deep offshore UCG project.

 “We are delighted with the progress that has been made since the signing of the MOU with Halliburton in February.

“We are excited about the prospect of continuing to develop our strategic relationship with Halliburton with a view to accelerating the development and commercialisation of our assets and look forward to providing further updates in due course.”

See also:

Cluff’s new coal-gas mining licence ‘could help save Longannet power station’

 Forthcoming low-carbon Forth Estuary coal-gasification development could dwarf Scottish renewables wind energy

UCG is a proven industrial process which allows coal to be converted into gas in-situ.

Cluff added: “UCG provides the opportunity to unlock an indigenous energy resource which is currently stranded due to its location and due to the deep decline of the UK coal mining industry.

“The establishment of a new UCG industry in the UK will create new employment opportunities and tax revenues, with skills requirements similar to other industries currently in decline in the UK including coal mining, oil & gas and the petrochemical industries.“


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