A coal seam gas facility in Australia has become the site of the world’s second commercial-scale use of graphene-enhanced geotextiles. The product utilizes Imagine Intelligent Materials’ imgne® X3 coating, which is applied to Geofabrics Australasia’s bidim C geotextile.
The Queensland CSG operation installed 10,000 m2 of the graphene-enhanced geotextile, which enables the the detection of holes in a lining system as small as 0.7 mm (using standard electrical leak location methodologies).

Photo of graphene-enhanced geotextile installation in Queensland
The Queensland CSG site utilized 10,000 m2 of imgne® X3-coated geotextile (bidim C).

Graphene-enhanced geotextiles allow pit and pond lining system integrity to be verified quickly and to a high degree. This keeps sites in environmental compliance and establishes optimal performance for the CSG site.


“These CSG installations validate our ability to deliver solutions for civil engineering and infrastructure,” said Imagine IM CEO Chris Gilbey. “Geosynthetic materials are a key component of all infrastructure … and mining, waste, and water management represent a major market opportunity.”

Photo of graphene-enhanced geotextile installation in Queensland
A standard electrical leak location survey can be used with the conductive geosynthetic to efficiently verify the lining system’s integrity.

Imagine IM is one of a handful of companies globally that has established paths to market for graphene. The company established Australia’s first commercial graphene manufacturing plant, which has a capacity to produce over 10 tonnes of graphene per year.
“[The geosynthetic] installers told us that they were impressed by both the efficiency of the product and the ease of installation,” Gilbey said.
In a sign of things to come, the company also noted that purchase orders for imgne® X3-coated geotextiles will involved another 100,000 m2 of geotextiles.
“This is an important first step toward delivering our vision of graphene-enabled smart materials that can report changes in stress, temperature, and moisture in real-time,” said Gilbey. “Our vision is for our solutions to be a valuable component of both manufacturing and infrastructure in the future.”
Imagine IM licenses, certifies, and manufactures graphene-based solutions for specific applications. The company is a lead research partner with Swinburne University to study graphene throughout supply chains.
Learn more about graphene-enhanced materials at www.imgne.com.