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QGC seeks salty solution to CBM water fears

In an effort to overcome one of the biggest obstacles facing Australia’s coal-bed methane (CBM) industry, QGC is trialling the commercial viability of converting CBM brine into saleable products

QGC, GE and Penrice will design, build and operate a brine pilot plant (BPP) at Penrice’s chemical works at Osborne, South Australia. QGC – BG Group’s local subsidiary – is building one of four CBM-to-liquefied natural gas export plants planned in the state of Queensland. The BPP will use technology developed by GE and Penrice to extract salts from waste water from the CBM production process and produce commercial grades of sodium bicarbonate, soda ash and sodium chloride. “Our aim is for a commercial scale plant … that will cost-effectively treat the CBM brine and produce saleable chemicals … which is the business we are already in,” said Penrice managing director Guy Roberts. A brine sol

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