Namibian coal bed methane results to be revealed at Scottish show

Huab Namibia - Coal Gas MethaneInstinct Energy has been attempting to extract coal bed methane in Namibia’s Huab Basin. (Image source: Harbuse)Results from a major Namibian coal bed methane well operation will be announced at a global industry conference taking place in Scotland later this year

Australian-based firm Instinct Energy said it planned to reveal results from its Namibian coal bed methane well operation in the Huab Basin near the country’s northwest coast at the Unconventional Gas Aberdeen 2012 conference.

Instinct Energy executive chairman Ian Tchacos said, “We are a frontrunner in coal bed methane exploration being among the first to be awarded a CBM license in Namibia and our permit covers an 11,582 sq km area in the Huab where we intend to undertake exploration drilling activities this summer.

“Namibia is a new frontier territory and our operation is drawing skills and expertise from contractors in Scotland, Poland and Australia. We are using existing mineral drilling equipment and employing local people where possible to support our activities,” he added.

According to Instinct, Namibia’s coal basins had not previously been mined due to their depths and basalt cover, but said the company had remained confident that it would be able to extract gas from the coal seam.

Instinct has also been awarded permits in the Caprivi area and has been exploring further coal bed methane opportunities in the Mid Zambeze Basin.

The 2012 Unconventional Gas Aberdeen conference will take place the Scottish city of Aberdeen in November.

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