Exploration & Production

North Korea working to convert coal to SNG

North Korea is converting its abundant coal supplies into SNG to help it withstand economics sanctions imposed by the UN.
By Staff reporter 18 December 2018 0 33731

North Korea is converting its abundant coal supplies into synthetic natural gas (SNG) to help it withstand economics sanctions imposed by the UN, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Chinese companies, which have explored large-scale SNG production in recent years, provided technology and experience for the coal conversion efforts.

The process transforms coal into SNG – which can be used as a feedstock for fertiliser and plastics – and into precursor chemicals such as methanol.