Underground Coal Gasification Potential in the Illinois Basin

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Can’t use the file because of accessibility barriers? Contact us with the title of the item, permanent link, and specifics of your accommodation need.

Date

2017

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Indiana Geological & Water Survey

Abstract

This report provides a summary of the development of underground coal gasification technology throughout the world and the results of an evaluation of the potential for application in the Illinois Basin. Two coal members—the Springfield Coal of the Petersburg Formation and the Seelyville Coal of the Linton Formation in Indiana and their equivalents in Illinois and western Kentucky (Dekoven/Davis/Seelyville and Dekoven and Davis, respectively) are assessed in detail based on thickness and depth. In Indiana, four promising underground coal gasification areas were previously identified in the Springfield Coal Member and five in the Seelyville Coal Member; this publication briefly reviews those findings. We subsequently selected one area in Posey County, Indiana, for further examination; the study began by drilling three new boreholes, was followed by analyses of coal and gas, and resulted in a reevaluation of coal volumes available for underground coal gasification technology. In this report, we present these new results and evaluate underground coal gasification potential in the area.

Description

Keywords

Indiana Geology, Natural gas, Illinois Basin

Citation

Mastalerz, M., Drobniak, A., and Rupp, J. A., 2017, Underground coal gasification potential in the Illinois Basin: Indiana Geological and Water Survey Special Report 74, 45 p., 28 figs. doi: 10.5967/2p0j-wy34

Link(s) to data and video for this item

Relation

Rights

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

Type

Technical Report