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CMM Monthly News

October 2015

EPA CMOP Conference Track held at the 2015 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference

CMOP held a 2-day track on coal mine methane (CMM), in partnership with the 2015 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference (PCC), October 6-7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. The CMOP Track attracted a wide cross-section of industry and included representatives from U.S. coal mining companies, CMM and ventilation air methane (VAM) equipment suppliers, CMM project developers, greenhouse gas registries, greenhouse gas verification firms, the finance community, U.S. and international CMM experts, and international organizations. In addition to presentations on CMM and VAM resources and updates on technology and project development, the CMOP track included several panel sessions on the California Cap-and-Trade program. For conference proceedings, please visit http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/pcc/. Exit EPA

GMI CMM Workshop held in Kazakhstan to promote CMM capture and use

The Global Methane Initiative, the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan, and Akimat of the Karaganda Region hosted a workshop in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 25, 2015. The workshop focused on coalbed methane (CBM) and CMM development in Kazakhstan, especially with respect to CMM utilization. The workshop addressed the assessment of CMM resources and project design, and also examined global best practices for the implementation of enabling regulatory and policy frameworks that incentivize CMM utilization. Presentations from the event will be available shortly at http://www3.epa.gov/cmop/.

World's largest VAM oxidation project generating 30 MW of power

Dürr Systems, Inc. Clean Technology Systems (CTS) announced that it has completed the installation and commissioning of the world's largest VAM/CMM oxidation and utilization project at the Gaohe coal mine. The mine is owned by the Lu'An Coal Mining Group in Shanxi Province, China. This project was formally put into operation in May 2015. The project enables 100 million normal cubic meters (Nm3) of methane per year to be utilized for power generation, and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.4 million tons of CO2e per year. The project also provides important environmental co-benefits by significantly reducing the amount of coal dust particulates released by equivalent power generation in the area, a major source of air pollution. Up to 300,000 Nm3 per hour of hot exhaust gas is delivered to a boiler to generate water steam which is used for the generation of up to 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity by a turbine generator.
Source: http://www.durr.com/press/trade-press-technical-articles/trade-press-technical-articles/worlds-largest-ventilation-air-methanecoal-mine-methane-oxidation-project-goes-live/ Exit EPA

Upcoming Events

Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Meeting and 10th Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
27—28 October 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
Website: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=38525#/ Exit EPA

2015 15th International Symposium on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China
12—13 November 2015
Beijing, China
Contact: cbmc@coalinfo.net.cn
Website: http://www.nios.com.cn/c/index_en/latestnews/16274.html Exit EPA

CMM Best Practices Workshop in Guizhou, China
8—9 December 2015
Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China
Contact: epblixin@163.com

GMI Global Methane Forum
28—30 March 2016
Washington, D.C., USA
Contact: asg@globalmethane.org
Website: http://www3.epa.gov/globalmethane/meeting03282016.htm

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Recently Released Publications

California 2030 Offset Supply Forecast Mine Methane Capture (PDF) (12 pp, 553K) Exit EPA
Released September 2015
Contact: California Carbon Info
Website: http://www.californiacarbon.info Exit EPA

Carbon Corner

Flurry of Mine Methane Listings Takes Early Action Backlog Above 10 Million

According to California Carbon Info, seven projects put forward early action offset credits (EAOCs) to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for conversion to compliance-grade offsets (CCOs). The total number of EAOCs listed from these projects exceeded 2 million. Mine methane provided 96% of the 2,008,427 EAOCs listed in August.
Source: http://californiacarbon.info/2015/09/08/flurry-mine-methane-listings-takes-early-action-backlog-10-million/ Exit EPA

China Signals Plans to Expand Carbon Market Scope

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on September 25, 2015, that China will start a nationwide cap-and-trade program in 2017 to curtail carbon emissions. The national system will expand on a pilot project in seven Chinese cities and will target heavily-polluting industries such as power generation, iron and steel, chemicals, and building materials industries.
Source: http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/xi-jinping-pledges-cap-and-trade-scheme-for-china/ Exit EPA

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