North Sea oil pioneer Algy Cluff insisted yesterday plans for unconventional gas extraction in the Firth of Forth were not dead. He was speaking after his company said it was switching its “primary focus” away from the firth to pursue underground coal gasification (UCG) projects in England, and conventional oil and gas developments in the North Sea. Green groups which recently led a protest against his Scottish UCG plans said it was a “massive victory” for campaigners but the issue would not be buried until his firm handed back its UCG licences. Mr Cluff, chairman and chief executive of Cluff Natural Resources, made the decision after the Scottish Government placed a moratorium on UCG in October. CNR had licences for three UCG developments in the firth, the most promising of which was the so-called Kincardine project.
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