Ukraine International Activities
The Global Methane Initiative is an international initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source.
The world's ninth largest coal producer, Ukraine has experienced a precipitous decline in coal production since 1990. Ukraine's annual coal production has stabilized at approximately 80 million raw metric tonnes in recent years. The state owns the coal mines and resources, including methane, but many successful mines are leased. In 2000, Ukraine had 232 active coal mines, all but three of which were underground. Most mines use longwall production. Ukraine has two main bituminous coal basins, the Donetsk in the southeast and the Lvov-Volyn in the northwest.
Ukraine is the world's fourth largest emitter of methane emissions from coal mining activities (31.9 million metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2000). Most of the attention to coal mine methane (CMM) development has been focused on the Donetsk basin due to its vast coal and methane reserves, large number of coal mines, high ranked coal deposits, and great depth of mining (often in excess of 2000 feet). Only about 4% of CMM liberated in Ukraine is used, presenting ample opportunities for coalbed and coal mine methane development.
- Pre-feasibility Study on Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization at Zhdanovskaya Mine, Ukraine (July 2013) (PDF) (43 pp, 882KB)
- Ukraine CMM Country Profile (December 2010) (PDF) (3 pp, 283K, About PDF)
More information »
- Addressing Barriers to CMM Project Development in Ukraine: Four Coal Mine Profiles (May 2010) (PDF) (23 pp, 2.0MB)
- Analysis of International Best Practices for Coal Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization (January 2009) (PDF) (15 pp, 1.3MB). Agency for Rational Energy Use and Ecology (ARENA Eco).