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Coal Bed Methane Gas Mining

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(proposed by the Industrial Development Coperation of Zimbabwe)

Coal bed methane gas mining exploration activities in Zimbabwe date back to more than ten years.The exploration work done to date indicates Zimbabwe Coal Bed Methane Gas Miningextensive deposits of coal bed methane gas. It is estimated that the Hwange/ Lupane basins have over 23 billion cubic feet per square mile or 27 trillion cubicfeet of sulphurfree methane gas.

According to the exploration reports, some of the following key requirements for mineable gas are present in the basin's methane gas deposits:

  • Gas content
  • Coal seem thickness
  • Lateral continuity
  • High Gas saturation
  • Adequate permeability

The above requirements were met, with some of them even better than those of basins in United States which are being mined commercially. Mr John Kelfant of Advanced Resources International, USA, who assessed the exploration work and methodologies used to confirm the gas resource concluded that Zimbabwe's Coal Bed Methane reserve parameters compare favorably to commercially producing Coal Bed Methane basins in the USA.

With the exploration and tests conducted done to international standards there is need for further feasibility work to move from a proven gas resource to a commercially mineable gas reserve.


The project is now poised to move to the next stage of establishing a mini gas field to prove that the resource is a reserve which can be mined commercially. The cost of establishing a mini gas field is estimated at US$12 million. IDC is therefore seeking investment and technical partners for the project.

Contact Details:

Mr. M.N. Ndudzo
General Manager
Email: mndudzo [at] idc.co.zw

Ms. F. Mupazviriho
Projects Development Executive
Email: fmupazviriho [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Brian Mushohwe
Exports Development Executive
Email:
bmushoshe [at] idc.co.zw
exports [at] idc.co.zw


Mr. R. Shoko
Projects Development Executive
Email: rshoko [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Paul Bhebhe
Projects Development Executive
Email: pbhebhe [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Derek Sibanda
Public Relations Advisor
Email: pr [at] idc.co.zw

 

Industrial Development Corporation
93 Park Lane, Box CY 1431
Causeway, Harare
Zimbabwe

 

Phone: (+263 4)706971, (+263 4)794806 - 7
Fax: (+263 4)250385