U.K. TO SEE FIRST COALBED GAS SEARCH

Britain's first exploration for coalbed methane is to get under way. Two companies-Kirkland Resources (Holdings) plc and Evergreen Resources (U.K.) Ltd.-were awarded licenses covering parts of Britain's extensive undeveloped coal reserves. As part of the fourth onshore licensing round, Kirkland received a 610 sq km area that included most of the South Wales coal field. Evergreen received seven licenses in South Wales, Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Cheshire, Merseyside, and North Wales.

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