The site of a Dti and European Union funded underground coal gasification project in Spain was visited to consider both the next stage viability of the scheme taking place in UK and also to consider the environmental repercussions of the blow back of phenolic liquor that had occurred at the site.
On inspection there was little to see of the blow back as the contaminants had been cleaned away and the site sparkled in the sunshine with a new layer of white limestone chippings coating the whole area.
There was though much practical information gleaned from the visit and a better understanding of the processes gained. Much of which was able to assist small gas orientated companies in the UK.
The next stage of this project is planned for the Firth of Forth and should begin in 2012.