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That Alberta government is providing 8.8 million dollars, for a 30 million-dollar project to turn the province’s vast reserves of deeply buried coal into clean synthetic gas, for power generation.

Swan Hills Synfuels, of Calgary, will be a partner in the project to be located near Swan Hills in north-central Alberta.

The province says it will be the first such project in North America and the deepest underground coal gasification conducted in the world — more than 1,000 metres below the surface.

Coal gasification involves injecting oxygen into the deeply buried coal to help turn it into synthesis gas.

The gas can then be used as fuel for clean power generation and further processed into gas for home heating, or for other products, like hydrogen, methanol or transportation fuels.

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