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Coal Extraction

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support for trial schemes his Department has given to extraction of national coal reserves through Underground Coal Gasification; and what assessment his Department has made of the merits of such extraction. (108934)

The DTI provided support for a study into the feasibility of using UCG to access the coal reserves under the Firth of Forth. This work was undertaken by Heriot-Watt University, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish and Southern Energy Ltd. A report was published earlier this year, entitled “Creating the Coal Mine of the 21st Century”.

In addition a report by DTI, titled “Review of the Feasibility of Underground Coal Gasification in the UK”, on the feasibility of UCG in the UK was published in June 2004.