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Naftogaz explores possibility of producing gas from coal beds

Ukraine!s oil and gas group Naftogaz has launched a survey in the Lviv region to explore the possibility of producing natural gas from coal beds.

The initiative is highly promising and it can help strengthen Ukraine’s energy independence, increase miners’ safety, promote European integration processes and create additional opportunities for local community development.

“Ukraine has one of the highest methane content per ton of coal ratios (an average of 2.5 cubic metres/t in Canada and up to 25 cubic metres/t in Ukraine) and ranks 7th in terms of coal reserves in the world,” said Naftogaz CEO Oleksiy Chernyshov. “That is why this technology has great prospects in our country. We are currently conducting survey work at a site selected jointly with SE Lvivvuhillia. If initial research is positive, at the end of 2023 we intend to fully launch the project and start drilling.”

The Initiative is based on the experience of applying coal-bed methane extraction technologies (Coal-Bed Methane) which Naftogaz Group specialists studied at production sites in the US, China and Canada.

“This technology has long been used worldwide. For instance, in the US coal-bed methane production exceeds 60 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year which is almost three times the annual gas consumption in Ukraine. We have great prospects too, and we should take advantage of them”, noted Mr Chernyshov.

The technology doesn’t only contribute to Ukraine’s energy independence; it could also make coal production safer.

Furthermore, this could help Ukraine improve its compliance with EU directives on reducing emissions of harmful gases. Production will also boost the economic development of participating regions, creating additional jobs and bringing taxes to the local budget.

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