U.K. firm marks progress in coalbed methane

Coalgas (U.K.) Ltd., Mansfield, U.K., has begun gas production from two abandoned coal mines and plans to bring 40 more small coalbed methane (CBM) projects into operation in the next 5 years.The company found a novel way of exploiting coalbed methane that seeps from derelict coal mines by pumping gas from vent shafts rather than by drilling into coal seams (OGJ, June 29, 1998, p. 38).In February, Coalgas began gas production from a vent in the former Markham mine near Mansfield, and in March, it began delivering gas to an electricity utility from the nearby former Steetley mine.Cameron Davies, managing director of Coalgas, told OGJ that it is currently working to begin coalbed methane pr...

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