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GMI CMM Workshop held in Kazakhstan to promote CMM capture and useThe 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 powerDürr 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.
Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Meeting and 10th Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
27—28 October 2015
2015 15th International Symposium on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China
12—13 November 2015
CMM Best Practices Workshop in Guizhou, China
8—9 December 2015
Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China
GMI Global Methane Forum
28—30 March 2016
Washington, D.C., USA
Recently Released Publications
California 2030 Offset Supply Forecast – Mine Methane Capture (PDF) (12 pp, 553K)
Released September 2015
Contact: California Carbon Info
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.
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.