05/06/2009 - 10:48

Carbon Energy completes $32m raising

05/06/2009 - 10:48

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Carbon Energy has completed a $32 million capital raising with funds to be applied to the development of the existing underground coal gasification project in Queensland.

Carbon Energy completes $32m raising

Carbon Energy has completed a $32 million capital raising with funds to be applied to the development of the existing underground coal gasification project in Queensland.

 

The announcement is below:

 

The Board and Management of Carbon Energy (CNX) are pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a share placement of approximately 74.4 million ordinary shares at $0.43 to raise $32 million.

Strong interest from both domestic and overseas institutional and sophisticated investors has resulted in the issue being oversubscribed.

The placement of the shares has been conducted by Southern Cross Equities and will be undertaken in two tranches: 50 million shares have been placed in the 1st tranche, with the balance of approximately 24.4 million shares being placed subject to shareholder approval at General Meeting of shareholders to be held in July 2009.

The 1st tranche is expected to be completed by mid-June 2009, with the 2nd issue of shares being conditional on shareholder approval. Major shareholder, Incitec Pivot Limited participated for approximately 10% of the placement to be issued in the 2nd tranche and will maintain their shareholding in excess of 10% of Carbon Energy's issued capital.

The funds raised will be applied to the further development of the existing Underground Coal Gasification project at Bloodwood Creek near Dalby in Queensland and the wider commercial advancement of the Company's UCG technology. This funding is proposed to support installation of a 5MW power generation unit and associated facilities with operations to commence in late 2009.

This is intended to be followed by front end engineering and design for the development of a 20 MW of power generation facility and associated field development in late 2010.

These facilities will generate cash flow for CNX and demonstrate longer term viability of commercial scale gas production to potential major off-take partners, while providing ongoing detailed process data. In addition funds will be allocated for exploratory activities in Queensland, mid- west WA and market development initiatives in North America.

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