UNDERGROUND coal gasificaton-focused company Carbon Energy has wrapped up a comprehensive drilling and sampling program at its Bloodwood Creek pilot site near the Queensland town of Dalby.

The company plans to submit a decommissioning report and rehabilitation plan to the Queensland government for approval by the end of the third quarter this year, it said in an announcement.

In total, 150 samples have been collected from the Bloodwood Creek area, providing key inputs for a future rehabilitation program, should it be required once the UCG program has completed.

The sampling was done on the recommendation of Queensland’s Independent Scientific Panel, Carbon Energy chief executive Morné Engelbrech said in an announcement.

“The results will demonstrate the environmental safety of the final stage of the lifecycle, after the ISP concluded in their report that the other stages of the life cycle of our unique technology could be undertaken in an environmentally safe and socially acceptable manner,” he said.