The new awards are for deep underground coal gasification prospects at West Cumbria (8,200 hectares) and Largo Bay (8,000 ha) in Scotland. With recent licence awards at Kincardine, the Loughor Estuary and the Dee Estuary, Cluff's total UK acreage now amounts to almost 31,000 ha.
The company’s strategy is to target extended coal seams offshore UK to extract syngas through underground coal gasification (UCG) to supply to power stations and to provide a carbon capture option.
Algy Cluff, chairman and chief executive said: “It is well known that coal seams extend into the offshore waters around the UK and with proven technology now available to utilise this energy source, we intend to embark on the process of extracting gas from these coal seams.
"It is our intention to seek the necessary planning and environmental permits to advance these projects with a view to production.
“Deep UCG has the potential to do much to address the UK's future energy needs, avoids the use of fracking and enables the gas generated to be easily controlled by the supply of oxygen."
Once planning and environmental permits granted, Cluff Natural intends to develop the licences towards production by a team including industry veteran Keith Leighfield.