Linc Energy receives A$20m in payment for African coal gasification project
Australian energy firm Linc Energy has received a payment of A$20 million (S$22.69 million) from South African coal miner Exxaro as part of an intellectual property licence agreement.
With this payment now having been made, the two partners can continue the development of their first joint underground coal gasification project (UCG) in Sub-Saharan Africa, Linc Energy said on Thursday.
UCG is the process of converting coal into a valuable synthetic gas and Linc Energy owns and operates the world's only commercial UCG operation, in Uzbekistan.
Linc Energy, which last month moved from the Australian Stock Exchange to the Singapore bourse, is entitled to a further payment of A$7 million when the gasifer passes some performance tests. It will also receive ongoing royalties for the synthesis gas produced and equity participation in future projects.