June 22, 2010
Stone Horn Ridge, a joint venture company formed between Laurus Energy and CIRI to develop εUCG™ projects in Alaska, has commenced characterisation of its Cook Inlet region project site. The project has been in the making since early discussions between the two companies in 2009. With a significant amount of project development work already achieved, the project moved into new territory today as site characterisation work has commenced.
Thorough characterisation of the site represents an integral phase of any εUCG™ project development. The work involves a significant program of field investigations to determine the geological, hydrogeological and rock mechanic aspects of the site. The information gathered during this phase will be used to guide and inform the design and construction of the UCG plant and monitoring systems. The site characterisation program also involves specific εUCG™ Cold Testing and laboratory coal testing to help determine suitable operational parameters for the plant’s operation.
This significant milestone for Stone Horn Ridge demonstrates the enthusiasm and speed at which the project is being developed. Completion of the current program of work will allow the company to move quickly into operation of a UCG production plant, which is expected in 2011.