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Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
January 2009

Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG): Technology, Environmental Implications, and Economics

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Increasing demand for natural gas and high natural gas prices in the recent past has led many to pursue unconventional methods of natural gas production. Natural gas that can be produced from coal or biomass is known as "synthetic natural gas" or "substitute natural gas" (SNG). This paper examines the different technologies for SNG generation, the cost and the environmental impacts. The paper identifies the conditions under which SNG production could be economically viable.