Coal 2.0 - CBM/CSG, UCG, CTL etc.

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Coal 2.0 - The use of coal in ways other than just digging the stuff up and burning it. "Fungible hydrocarbons".

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Altona Energy Plc is a United Kingdom-based company, which is engaged in the evaluation and development of the Company's coal resources in the Arckaringa Basin of South Australia. The Company holds interest in Arckaringa Project, which consists of coal resources of approximately 7.8 billion tons. The Company operates through the segment of evaluation of the Arckaringa coal to chemicals project in South Australia. The Company operates in Australia, China and the United Kingdom. The Company, through its subsidiary, Arckaringa Energy Pty Ltd, owns interest in three exploration licenses covering approximately 2,500 square kilometers in the northern portion of the Permian Arckaringa Basin in South Australia. The Company has three coal deposits, including Westfield (EL4511), Wintinna (EL4512) and Murloocoppie (EL4513), which lie close to the Adelaide to Darwin railroad and the Stuart Highway. The Company has no revenues. more »

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IGas Energy plc is a United Kingdom-based company engaged in producing oil and gas onshore. The Company is engaged in exploring for, appraising, developing and producing oil and gas. The Company operates through two segments: UK/Europe and Rest of the World. It is an onshore hydrocarbon producer, delivering natural gas and crude oil to the energy market. The Company develops and produces gas and oil resources and reserves at onshore locations in the North West of England, the East Midlands, the Weald Basin in Southern England and the northern coastal area of the Inner Moray Firth in Scotland. It produces approximately 2,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day from over 100 sites across the country. The Company's subsidiaries include Dart Energy Limited, Island Gas Limited, Island Gas Operations Limited, IGas Energy (Caithness) Limited, IGas Exploration UK Limited, Star Energy Group Limited, Star Energy Limited, Star Energy Weald Basin Limited and Star Energy Oil and Gas Limited. more »

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Mattybuoy 12th Aug '10 94 of 113

Wildhorse Energy has entered into a "strategic alliance" with Dalkia (a subsidiary of EDF).

Basically, it involves a syngas off-take agreement and a placement.

It's very important to get the power companies on board with UCG, since they are in most places the biggest potential consumers of syngas. So good stuff IMO.

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marben100 18th Aug '10 95 of 113

It seems that Europa Oil & Gas (LON:EOG) is proposing to get into the UCG business in the UK:

With a market cap of £9m and around £1m of cash, how they propose to finance any serious work on this is a mystery to me.



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Mattybuoy 18th Aug '10 96 of 113

Well spotted!

I'd hazard a guess that they'll get someone to farm-in, like Linc, with their big wad of cash. You might notice that they are mentioned in the "Useful Links" at the bottom of the RNS.

Linc basically want to own all the coal they can get their hands on, so I can definitely see them getting involved in the UK and the rest of Europe.

The North Sea may have considerable potential for UCG. I saw somewhere that Norway estimated there to be around 3 trillion tonnes of coal in their bit, and you have something of a ready made gas handling infrastructure to hand.

[ EDIT - Just noticed new analyst coverage for LNC ]

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Mattybuoy 19th Aug '10 97 of 113

I just had a very quick look at Europa. Seems like an interesting bunch of assets languishing a bit due to lack of funding.

If I was Peter Bond I think I'd make an offer for the whole shebang. Around $20m ought to do it. Quite a nice European entry for Linc methinks. You can bet your arse half of those Eastern European licenses have some deep coal in them, apart from anything else.

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marben100 19th Aug '10 98 of 113

Hi Mattybuoy,

"Around $20m ought to do it. "

Doubt it. The principals own around 50% of the shares. ;0) They might settle for $30m, though - still peanuts if Bond thinks their stuff has value.

Not sure whether the East European licences would allow access to coal seams, or whether they're restricted to conventional oil&gas. Nevertheless, I have a v small punt in this stock, as it appears that the conventional EE stuff might be quite a nice asset, being co-developed with Aurelian Oil & Gas Plc (LON:AUL) (as well as there being upside potential to their uK producing stuff).

Thanks for pointing out the farm-in potential of the new licences. A nice "free option", alongside the other assets.



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Mattybuoy 19th Aug '10 99 of 113

OK $30m then ;-) I was being silly really, a farm-in is far more likely.

Or ... Is there perhaps some value to be had for Linc in getting involved with gas fraccing, as per Romania/Poland etc? It's all underground and "clever" stuff.

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Mattybuoy 31st Aug '10 101 of 113

Err I think that's Coal 1.0 - conventional mining ...

Correct me if I'm wrong. It has been known, often :-)

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Mattybuoy 31st Aug '10 102 of 113

Linc have declared a special dividend of 10c per share following the $500m coal sale.

The cost will be about $50m, leaving plenty in the kitty for whatever comes next.

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Mattybuoy 2nd Sep '10 103 of 113

It looks like AFC (B9 Coal) and Linc have plans for the North East, the cradle of the UK's former coal greatness.

SOUTH east Northumberland could become the base for a pioneering bid to produce almost emission-free electricity from coal without having to mine it first.

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Mattybuoy 14th Sep '10 104 of 113

This is significant.

New Hope Corporation (ASX:NHC - a producing Aussie thermal coal miner) has finally revealed the details of its CTL plans, which it has been mentioning in a vague manner for some time.

New Hope Corporation Limited to Commercialise New Coal to Liquids Technology with Superior Environmental Performance

Basically, they are going to commercialise a technology from "Quantex Research Corporation (QRC), a private Canadian company which has acquired the technology rights with a license from the West Virginia University in the USA". This technology is a direct liquefaction process which produces "pitch" (or I dare say you could call it bitumen) which can then be upgraded into synthetic crude oil much like they do in the Canadian oil sands. Importantly, the process produces much less CO2 than conventional coal gasification as used to feed Fischer-Tropsch reactors, and even better there is a marketable by-product which they describe as "synthetic metallurgical coke" .

New Hope is a serious conservative "establishment" company, who have access to billions in cash and funding. I do not think they would undertake a project like this without estimating a very high probability of success. As I say, significant ...

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StrollingMolby 16th Sep '10 105 of 113

SASOL may cancel $10bn Coal Liquefaction Project in Indonesia there is no guarantee of coal supply to feed the projectSasol wants a guarantee in supply with at least 2 billion coal reserve.

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Mattybuoy 16th Sep '10 106 of 113

Not strictly coal related, but Central Petroleum knows how to keep the punters happy.

The "Daily RNS" ... (pink ones are "price-sensitive")


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Mattybuoy 18th Sep '10 107 of 113

Header updated.

Removed Arrow Energy, and added Dart Energy into which Arrow's rump explo assets have been spun off.

Also removed Spitfire Oil, which is now a gold explorer, and Bio Clean Coal which seems to have disappeared.

One news item of UK relevance. The above mentioned Dart Energy has taken a 10% stake in private Scottish outfit Composite Energy.

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Mattybuoy 26th Oct '10 108 of 113

Yet another JV between an Aussie CTL company and the Chinese.

From Syngas Ltd (ASX:SYS):-

"MoU with CNEEC over the Clinton Coal to Liquid Project"

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Mattybuoy 28th Oct '10 109 of 113

Well the market certainly took a shine to that announcement from Syngas. The stock was up overnight 158% on volume of 260m shares, which exceeds the total number of shares in issue. Day traders eh?

Even with this large rise, the market cap of SYS is still only around A$8-10m. If the Clinton project ever does come to fruition, with the Chinese sorting out debt funding of up to 85%, that valuation might look a bit silly.

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Mattybuoy 10th Feb '11 110 of 113

Clean Global Energy have signed a "Technology Licensing Agreement" with Indian oil major Essar.

The market likes it, and so do I FWIW. For a $10m company that is one big partner to have.

Meanwhile, Linc Energy has released some cryptic stuff about their first conventional gas well in Alaska.

I am clueless about these things but it looks like they may have over 1,000m depth of possible gas containing sands (not all of which will be "pay zones"). Flow tests have been delayed by the winter but are now scheduled for March time. Quite promising I suppose?

Remember Linc is just using conventional oil, gas and coal to bootstrap it's UCG world domination plan.

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Mattybuoy 12th Jun '11 111 of 113

Been a while ...

I'm not hugely motivated to keep this thread up in general, but here is a broker report from Madison Williams in the US on Linc Energy.

Amongst other things they've done the sums on Linc's vast assortment of worldwide tenements, and come up with a fairly astounding acreage figure.

In total, we calculate that Linc has more than 21 million acres in oil/gas/coal leases and tenements around the world

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Mattybuoy 13th Jun '11 112 of 113

While I'm here ...

If you want to look at above-ground CTL in Canada then 49 North Resources (V.FNR) is the kiddie. They have, via stakes in "investee" companies, managed to get their hands on most of the stranded surface-mineable coal in Saskewatchan plus a bit more in Manitoba. This amounts to some number of billions of tonnes. Not quite up to Australian quantities but definitely "not insignificant".

They also have a license agreement with Quantex, the firm which New Hope has partnered with in Oz who have a "coal to bitumen" direct liquefaction process.The idea presumably being to plug into the pre-existing oil sands infrastructure etc.

The company also has a boat load of other investments in conventional oil and gas and various mining projects. It is basically a closed-end fund (investment trust) which currently trades at a massive discount to a grossly under-estimated NAV.

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Mattybuoy 12th Jul '11 113 of 113

Here's a new player with a catchy name and a different plan.

ZEEP - Zero Emissions Energy Plants

ZEEP is looking to use a "syngas refinery" business model, where they neither own the base resources or do the conversion to value-added products. Instead they will very simply just refine coal/biomass/whatever into various forms of syngas and then sell this on to people who can afford to construct GTL plants and what have you.

This makes sense to me, and you will even be able to invest in it soon (if you want) as it's coming to the TSX Venture exchange via a reverse takeover of Goldsource Mines (V.GXS).

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