Leigh Creek Energy Underground Coal Gasification Pre-commercial Demonstration Project

Join the Engineers Australia SA Chemical Branch, IChemE and RACI to learn about key challenges associated with UCG.
Leigh Creek Energy Underground Coal Gasification Pre-commercial Demonstration Project

Leigh Creek Energy prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives (SEO) for the construction and operation of an In-Situ Gasification (ISG) Demonstration Plant at Leigh Creek. The demonstration plant will involve establishment of a single gasifier chamber and above-ground infrastructure to produce synthesis gas (syngas) for a short period (approximately 2-3 months), so that the syngas composition and performance of the process can be confirmed.
The EIR and draft SEO were submitted in late December to the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet Energy Resources Division (DPC-ERD) for assessment under the South Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 for approval consideration. As part of this assessment process, the DPC-ERD has released these documents for stakeholder consultation to elicit public comments and issues of concern to inform its approval process decision-making.

Please click here to view the documents.
The purpose of this presentation is to detail some of the key challenges associated with UCG and draw on some of the experiences, both interstate and internationally of what is required to ensure safe operation of a UCG project. The presentation will also detail some of the findings and additional work undertaken by DPC-ERD to inform its decision-making.

Michael Malavazos

Michael graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and has a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the Flinders University of South Australia. He has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry covering many aspects of the industry including reservoir engineering, tight gas, EOR, drilling and well operations, high pressure pipeline transmission and facility engineering with a focus on process safety and integrity management.

He is a Fellow Chartered Engineer with IChemE and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

His current position is Director Engineering Operations in the Energy Resources Division within the Energy Resources Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet of South Australia.


22 / 03 / 2018 - 05:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Registration Closes
22 / 03 / 2018 12:00 pm
Engineers Australia
Level 11. 108 King William Street
  • EA, IChemE and RACI Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $40.01 ($36.37 excl. GST)
  • EA Student Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $40.01 ($36.37 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Michael Malavazos
Engineers Australia SA Chemical Branch, IChemE and RACI
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