Field Results From a Linked Vertical Well UCG Test in Deep, Thin-Seam Bituminous Coal

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J. W. Martin, J. D. McClung, A. J. Liberatore

Department of Energy, Morgantown Energy Research Center, Morgantown, W. Va. 26505

L. D. Strickland

Gasification Projects Branch, Department of Energy, Morgantown Energy Research Center, Morgantown, W. Va. 26505

R. E. Zielinski, P. W. Seabaugh, A. K. Agarwal

Mound Facility, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

J. Energy Resour. Technol 103(4), 277-284 (Dec 01, 1981) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230852 History: Received October 31, 1980; Online October 22, 2009


For a first in the United States, a 900-ft (275-m) deep, 6-ft (2-m) thick, swelling, eastern bituminous coal has been gasified successfully in situ. Under the direction of Morgantown Energy Technology Center, the relatively small-scale field test, Pricetown I, affected the equivalent of approximately 735 tons (665 t) of a high-sulfur, high-ash section of the Pittsburgh coal seam near Pricetown, Wetzel County, West Virginia, during the 4-mo burn. A methane rich gas with an average heating value greater than 200 Btu/cf (7450 KJ/m3 ) was produced at low flow rates during operations to enhance the coal seam permeability by reverse combustion. During the high-flow gasification phase, a gas with an average heating value of 124 Btu/cf (4260 KJ/m3 ) was produced resulting in an average energy production of 510.9 MMBtu/day (539.1 GJ/d). Initial test results and plans for continued development of this alternative energy source are discussed.

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