De Bu Si – Inner Mongolia, People’s Republic of China

De Bu Si – Inner Mongolia, People’s Republic of China

We were commissioned by Seamwell International Ltd to provide assistance with the development of an underground coal gasification project in north-east Inner Mongolia. UCG was seen as the only viable option of exploiting the significant coal resources in this remote region of China providing options of transporting the product gas by pipeline to end users.

Our initial role was to collate data collected by Chinese exploration teams in several phases since the mid 1990’s. In all almost 100 boreholes were drilled within the target area, many of which were also logged using geophysics. These revealed significant thicknesses of Cretaceous lignitic to sub-bituminous coal.

We completed the review of the historical data and then supervised an initial drilling programme to collect samples for further testing and to confirm design assumptions.