Carbon Energy Limited (ASX:CNX) Completed Concept Study For The Production Of Ammonia and Synthetic Natural Gas
Carbon Energy Limited (ASX:CNX) Completed Concept Study For The Production Of Ammonia and Synthetic Natural Gas
Brisbane, Dec 9, 2010 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Carbon Energy Limited (ASX:CNX) (PINK:CNXAF) is pleased to advise that it its recent Concept Study into the production of alternative downstream products from UCG syngas has confirmed the opportunity for the production of ammonia and synthetic natural gas.

The study was commissioned in conjunction with Incitec Pivot Limited (ASX:IPL) (PINK:ICPVY) and conducted by internationally recognised consultants, Ammonia Casale.

The study looked at three different potential downstream manufacturing scenarios that use syngas (produced by Carbon Energy's underground coal gasification technology), as the primary feedstock;

1. manufacture of ammonia in pre-defined commercial quantities,

2. manufacture of ammonia combined with a 300 MW power plant,

3. the production of synthetic natural gas (pipeline quality gas).

The study concluded that UCG syngas has the potential to reduce the capital costs of producing ammonia and that pipeline quality gas (synthetic natural gas) can be produced at market competitive rates.

Carbon Energy's Managing Director Mr Andrew Dash commented:

"Our medium term commercial strategy has always been to utilise our gas for the manufacture of high value products such as ammonia and chemicals, and the findings from the Casale study are the first step in the Company's progression towards this goal. The study considered these production processes as standalone operations so we believe economic advantages may be possible by co-locating these operations and taking advantage of operational synergies.

Over the past few years there has been significant expansion within the Gasification Industry (both above-ground and underground coal gasification) in the United States and China which is contributing to more streamlined manufacturing options and more commercially attractive opportunities for the use of syngas. The detailed findings, whilst confidential at this point in time, are positive.

It is encouraging to note that Ammonia Casale's study suggests that syngas can be readily processed into pipeline quality gas, which means that energy produced by UCG syngas can then be transported to key market locations via existing infrastructure.

Carbon Energy believes that this finding will result in UCG syngas being part of the solution to domestic energy security in Queensland and Australia.

Carbon Energy's vision is to locate power production facilities with compatible manufacturing facilities at our Blue Gum Energy Park, adjacent to our current Bloodwood Creek site in Queensland. Once constructed, these facilities will create permanent jobs and value adding industry in regional Queensland.

Carbon Energy's technology is transportable and can be deployed to suitable coal deposits in attractive markets around the world. The study's findings will support our current market entry activities in both the US and Europe".

The Company will provide further updates regarding the outcome of future findings into the production of alternative products from syngas as they come to hand.

About Carbon Energy Limited

Carbon Energy Limited ASX CNXCarbon Energy (ASX:CNX) (OTCMKTS:CNXAY) is building a gas business, utilising its unique keyseam technology.
The Company is committed to providing industrial gas users with an affordable and secure source of high quality feedstock, as gas prices remain strong, through increased demand across our key markets.
Carbon Energy is the only company to complete a full-lifecycle, commercial scalable underground gasification trial. The Company's keyseam technology has successfully accomplished all the recommendations outlined by the Queensland government's Independent Scientific Panel (ISP) which included intense, independent environmental scrutiny.



Andrew Dash
Managing Director
Carbon Energy Limited
Tel: +61-7-3337-9944

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