Leigh Creek Energy’s (LCK) flagship project is the Leigh Creek Energy Project (LCEP).
The LCEP sits within the existing, but now dis-used, Leigh Creek Coalfield and will develop deep resources that are unable to be accessed by conventional open-cut mining. Energy will be produced from the resource that is no longer economic to mine using a process known as in-situ gasification, or ISG. The ISG process converts coal from its solid state into its gaseous form. [About ISG]
The initial stage includes the commissioning of a Demonstration Plant to obtain information to inform the design for a potential commercial facility. LCK proposes to construct, operate and decommission a small-scale in situ gasification (ISG) demonstration plant. This facility will involve the construction of an above ground plant (and associated service infrastructure) and the establishment of a below ground single ISG gasifier chamber. The demonstration plant would be commissioned and operated for a short period (approximately 2-3 months) to produce syngas, so that the technical and environmental performance of the process can be confirmed.
Find out more about the ISG Demonstration Project. [Demonstration Project]
The LCEP has a variety of commercial opportunities, including:
- synthetic natural gas;
- liquid fuels (diesel); and
- ammonia and its derivatives (urea for fertiliser).
ISG Gas Products and Markets
Early studies suggest all of these products are viable options, however a final decision will be made through a Pre-Feasibility Study once the Demonstration Project is complete.
Existing site: The Leigh Creek coalfield
Benefits of the LCEP
The LCEP is a major project for South Australia that has the potential to deliver significant and long-term benefits in the form of jobs and royalties.
By developing the deep, stranded and otherwise unusable resource, the LCEP will deliver a major new energy source, adding to South Australia’s already enviable reputation as a preferred location by major international energy producers and suppliers.
Development of commercial operations at the Leigh Creek Coalfield could provide the following benefits:
Direct benefits to the Copley and Leigh Creek townships resulting from supply of fuel, food, accommodation and other services
Spending money in the state of South Australia through our employees, contractors and service providers
Preference to using South Australian companies where possible to deliver the project
Development of new business opportunities
Payment of royalties to the State
Creation of employment opportunities, training and education for new staff
Potential supply of power to state electricity grid
Potential supply of syngas derivatives including methane, ammonia and fertiliser
Ongoing need for town amenities including school, police and health services
Investment in social infrastructure and services
Benefits in the provision of significant environmental benefit (SEB) payments
Ongoing rehabilitation and monitoring of previous coal mining activities
Increased understanding of the water, air, fauna and flora of the region.