Underground Coal Gasification and Combustion - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081003138

Underground Coal Gasification and Combustion

1st Edition

Editors: Michael Blinderman Alexander Klimenko
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081003138
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 15th December 2017
Page Count: 460
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Underground Coal Gasification and Combustion provides a comprehensive overview of the development of UCG, its current situation, and likely future directions. After an introductory part reviewing the history of UCG, following sections focus on UCG technology and modern UCG projects. Final chapters address prospective technologies.

Underground coal gasification (UCG) processes convert solid coal resources that would otherwise not be mined into syngas. The resulting syngas can be used for power generation, fuel production, or other petrochemical processes.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in UCG as it may offer financial, social, and environmental benefits over conventional coal extraction methods.

Key Features

  • Provides researchers in academia and industry with an authoritative overview of coal gasification technologies
  • Comprehensive and systematic coverage of UCG history, including the current situation and likely future trends
  • Edited and contributed to by well-known experts in the field


Geologists, engineers, researchers, managers in the mining and energy industries. Researchers at postgraduate level onwards in academia with an interest in UCG (from departments of geology, engineering). Investors interested in UCG. Regulators interested in UCG

Table of Contents

I. Historical Development of UCG

1. Early development and discoveries

2. UCG development in the USSR

3. UCG program in the USA

4. European UCG Tests

II. UCG Technology

5. Process description and major methods of UCG

6. UCG and gasification kinetics

7. Well linking (directional drilling, RCL, electro-linking, hydrofracture)

8. The role of rock deformation in UCG

9. Environmental impact (including ground water and cite selection)

10. Caron capture and sequestration

11. UCG modelling and control

III. Modern UCG projects, scaling up and commercialization

12. What makes a UCG technology commercial-ready?

13. UCG to Products: Designs, Efficiencies, Economics

14. Ergo Exergy: Majuba

15. Carbon Energy: Bloodwood Creek

16. Linc Energy: Chinchilla

17. UCG in China

IV. Fire underground: prospective technologies

18. Underground fires

19. Soil remediation by underground fires

20. UCG under sea bed

21. Underground retorting and gasification of shale oils

22. Underground measurement and monitoring techniques


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About the Editor

Michael Blinderman

Michael S. Blinderman is a recognized authority on Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) technology, with over 30 years’ experience in UCG research, development, pilot and commercial operations in Uzbekistan (Angren), Russia (Yuzhno-Abinsk), Australia (Chinchilla and Kingaroy), South Africa (Majuba), and New Zealand (Huntly West). He serves as a managing director of a UCG technology company, Ergo Exergy Technologies Inc., in Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Ergo Exergy Technologies Inc.

Alexander Klimenko

Alexander Y. Klimenko received his PhD from Moscow University in 1991 and his DEng from the University of Queensland in 2007. He has 150 journal and conference publications which are cited more than 2370 times, and he is involved in various UCG projects. Dr Klimenko lectures in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, the University of Queensland, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Queensland, Australia