Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland
session of the GMI Coal Subcommittee was held on 27 October 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the 10th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) on 28 October 2015. Forty subcommittee meeting participants from 18 countries heard brief updates from Partner Country delegates and Project Network members, and adopted the updated Coal Subcommittee's Action Plan and Statement of Purpose. Attendees also discussed plans for coal mines sector technical sessions for the March 2016 Global Methane Forum
10th session of UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy’s 28 October 2015 session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane garnered attendance from all over the world, with more than 50 participants discussing topics such as trends, developments, and best practices in CMM recovery and utilization, results from implementation of the 2014-2015 work plan, and planning for 2016-2017 activities.
International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane (ICE-CMM) to open in 2016
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Republic of Poland have joined together to establish an International Centre of Excellence (ICE) on Coal Mine Methane. The ICE-CMM will act as a clearinghouse and training center for the entire region, and will broadly engage coal mining stakeholders and the general public, in order to raise awareness about opportunities for methane mitigation and distribute best practices for the capture and reuse of methane from the entire coal sector, from production to final use. The ICE-CMM Terms of Reference (PDF) (1 pp, 22K)
provides background information, logistics, and planned activities.
More information: https://globalmethane.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/unece-and-poland-to-establish-joint-international-centre-of-excellence-on-coal-mine-methane/
Indian CBM production and investments
Recent actions by the India Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas have cast uncertainty over existing coalbed methane (CBM) production and future investments in the country. CBM exploration and production companies requested a minimum CBM price of $8 per metric British thermal unit (mBtu), but the Ministry noted that a price differential of approximately $2/mBtu between domestic CBM and imported liquefied natural gas would negatively impact user industries and production pricing. In addition, the government cut the administered pricing for all natural gas from $5.18/mBtu to $4.20/mBtu. On a more positive note, the government has agreed to hold another meeting within the next month to explore a CBM pricing regime.
ONGC, a State-owned oil and gas exploration and production major, will invest $400 million in two CBM blocks to allow production to start in 2016. An initial 40 wells at the Bokaro and North Karanpura blocks will deliver 0.5 million metric standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd), while a full output of 1.58 mmscmd will be realized over the next three years.
Draft agreement text in place leading up to COP21 in Paris
Starting 30 November, France will host the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the goal of achieving a new international climate agreement at the meeting’s conclusion on 11 December. In advance of that event, delegates from 195 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany the third week of October to develop and agree upon a working document to be used as a negotiation starting point in Paris.