Dawn of a new coal era for North-East as firm unveils multi-billion pound plans promising thousands of jobs

The Northern Echo: The North Sea The North Sea

A MULTI-billion pound green energy industry promising to create and protect thousands of jobs is being born in the North-East, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Speaking exclusively to this newspaper, Newcastle-based energy firm Five Quarter has unveiled a grand vision to harvest “green energy” from vast coal reserves buried deep under a huge swathe of the North Sea stretching from Sunderland to the Scottish border and miles out to sea.

The Government has agreed to be the final guarantor of the £1bn scheme, raising the prospect of 500 jobs at a new-build gas plant, hundreds more at a clean power plant and thousands more in the supply chain – as well as providing a major boost for Teesside’s petrochemical industries.

Campaign group Frack Off have linked Five Quarter’s new gas extraction method, known as Deep Gas Winning, to fracking and Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), raising fears of underground explosions and water contamination.

But Five Quarter CEO and chairman Harry Bradbury said the company wanted to proceed in an environmentally sound manner.

“We are from the North-East. We know the region. We hope this will play a significant role in the economic redevelopment of the North-East,” he said.

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9:34am Fri 31 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Coal has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels. It cannot be burned economically if carbon capture and storage is demanded - as it is by our friends in Brussels. Underground gasification is a completely untried technology. It may also produce carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide along with methane. So far the science is untested.
Coal has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels. It cannot be burned economically if carbon capture and storage is demanded - as it is by our friends in Brussels. Underground gasification is a completely untried technology. It may also produce carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide along with methane. So far the science is untested. David Lacey
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12:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

DWilson says...

Well what a fantastic opportunity for our 5 universities all within 15 miles of the coast to have a stab at being at the forefront of trying these technologies then
Well what a fantastic opportunity for our 5 universities all within 15 miles of the coast to have a stab at being at the forefront of trying these technologies then DWilson
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1:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Why bother? There are trillions of cubic feet of clean natural gas right under our feet. The teconology is proven. Let's get fracking.
Why bother? There are trillions of cubic feet of clean natural gas right under our feet. The teconology is proven. Let's get fracking. David Lacey
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3:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sineater says...

They don't know exactly how much gas is retrieveable yet,or are you smarter than the people actually doing the work,or just think you are ?
They don't know exactly how much gas is retrieveable yet,or are you smarter than the people actually doing the work,or just think you are ? sineater
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3:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sineater says...

They don't know exactly how much gas is retrieveable yet,or are you smarter than the people actually doing the work,or just think you are Seeing as how you don't believe in global warming, it will be o.k. for them to go ahead won't it.
They don't know exactly how much gas is retrieveable yet,or are you smarter than the people actually doing the work,or just think you are Seeing as how you don't believe in global warming, it will be o.k. for them to go ahead won't it. sineater
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5:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

sineater wrote:
They don't know exactly how much gas is retrieveable yet,or are you smarter than the people actually doing the work,or just think you are ?
Well, he's certainly a lot smarter than you!!
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: They don't know exactly how much gas is retrieveable yet,or are you smarter than the people actually doing the work,or just think you are ?[/p][/quote]Well, he's certainly a lot smarter than you!! Jackaranda
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9:49am Sat 1 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

Yes Jack - I have a degree in Gas Engineering. I worked in the industry for 33 years. I started in Darlington Gas Works in John Street as a Student Engineer making gas from coal - a process not too dissimilar to that proposed here. And that is why I find the technology very concerning. Coal contains lots of dangerous chemicals that get released during processing such as tar, sulphur and nitrogen compounds. Natural gas is mostly clean methane and a few other hydrocarbons.
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We know hardly anything about this idea. It has never been tried anywhere in the world. What we DO know is that the gaseous mixture that might be brought to the surface will NOT be used in homes because it is completely different to natural gas. So it will be burned in a gas fired power station to produce electricity. I have deep rooted suspicions that this is a wild theory that will come to nothing, but soak up lots of money along the way.
Yes Jack - I have a degree in Gas Engineering. I worked in the industry for 33 years. I started in Darlington Gas Works in John Street as a Student Engineer making gas from coal - a process not too dissimilar to that proposed here. And that is why I find the technology very concerning. Coal contains lots of dangerous chemicals that get released during processing such as tar, sulphur and nitrogen compounds. Natural gas is mostly clean methane and a few other hydrocarbons. . We know hardly anything about this idea. It has never been tried anywhere in the world. What we DO know is that the gaseous mixture that might be brought to the surface will NOT be used in homes because it is completely different to natural gas. So it will be burned in a gas fired power station to produce electricity. I have deep rooted suspicions that this is a wild theory that will come to nothing, but soak up lots of money along the way. David Lacey
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