Gas boss puts industry forward as alternative to coal

THE head of a gas company has suggested organisations struggling with the coal market could steer their focus to gas.

Carbon Energy chief Morne Engelbrecht told a Queensland Resources Council forum on Friday that the company was always looking for opportunities to diversify supply.

When responding to a question about the intention to start supplying gas to the domestic market, Mr Engelbrecht said the company had seen an opportunity in the market.

Carbon Energy is an Australian company that generates power using underground coal gasification technology.

"Gas demand is going up threefold in the next four years or so," Mr Engelbrecht said.

"We're looking to play into the market.

"And obviously with the coal downturn we see a great potential in the availability of resources. (And) the availability of potential partners in terms of coal and coal companies."

Mr Engelbrecht said coal businesses could potentially turn themselves into gas companies.

He said his company had been through six years of trials to prove its technology worked and was now ready to move forward. - APN NEWSDESK



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