Leigh Creek Energy operations breakthrough unlocks large quantities of syngas

Leigh Creek Energy (LCK) has achieved the monumental feat of extracting commercial quantities of syngas at its former Leigh Creek coal mine site in South Australia for the first time. In what is a boon for the South Australia, the milestone achievement provides the company with the data and evidence it needs to have a portion of its ‘resource’ status coal deposit just north of Leigh Creek in state’s far north, upgraded to a gas ‘reserve’.

The upgraded status will enable the company to access South Australia’s largest gas resource for commercial development outside the Cooper Basin.

The production success also makes LCK the first company to successfully operate in-situ gasification technology in SA.

LCK Managing Director Phil Staveley said the company’s milestones mark the completion successful Pre-Commercial Demonstration facility (PCD) operations at Leigh Creek.

LCK’s PCD design parameters and objectives and corresponding outcomes:

  • Produce syngas comprising Carbon Monoxide (CO), Methane (CH4), Nitrogen (N) and Hydrogen (H).
  • Capture information required to upgrade the existing resource to bankable reserves.
  • Produce syngas at over 1 million cubic feet per day.
  • Demonstrate that LCK can operate the ISG gasifier safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Provide key data and information for the development of the commercial project (potentially ammonia plant).

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