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2012 International News
October 3, 2012 – Call for Papers: 2012 12th International Symposium on CBM/CMM in China
The China Coal Information Institute (CCII) will be holding its 12th International Symposium on CBM/CMM in Beijing, China, from 8-9 November 2012.
This international symposium in China has become a platform to promote the development of the CBM/CMM industry through strengthening technical and economic cooperation in CBM/CMM recovery and utilization in China and abroad. The 2-day symposium will provide participants with an opportunity to promote potential cooperation and showcase the latest theoretical and technological advances on CBM/CMM and VAM recovery and utilization.
CCII is currently inviting experts to submit papers or give a presentation at the symposium. All papers should be submitted to the organizing committee via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 18th, 2012. Papers submitted by the deadline will have the opportunity to be included in the proceedings and will be given a priority to present at the symposium.
For additional details, please contact CCII at email@example.com.
July 26, 2012 – Agenda Available for the Global Methane Initiative Coal Subcommittee Meeting in Sydney, Australia
The 16th session of the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Australian Government's Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar in Sydney, Australia, 4-6 September 2012.
Australia is planning the Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar to connect the Australia coal industry with domestic and international coal mine methane (CMM) abatement technology providers, provide greater information for the Australian industry on future international investment opportunities, and promote Australia's expertise and technologies relevant to CMM recovery and use. Australia recently released its Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package (CMATSP)—a $70 million set aside to invest in technologies and research and development—focused on reducing fugitive methane emissions from coal mining. Part of the seminar's focus is to determine how to allocate these funds.
The agenda is now available for both the GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting and the Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar. The event will consist of one and one-half days of technical sessions, a half-day GMI Coal Subcommittee meeting, and a one-day site visit. The agenda is available on the GMI website.
July 12, 2012 – Expressions of Interest for the Australian Government's Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package Now Open
The Australian Government is currently calling for expression of interest grant applications for the Coal Mining Abatement Support Technology Package (CMATSP). These expressions of interest cover the research, development and demonstration (RD&D) elements and mine safety elements of CMATSP. A separate process is being developed to cover assistance to small and medium sized participants to develop greenhouse gas abatement strategies.
Expressions of interest for the first annual round of funding applications opened on 2 July 2012 and closes at 2.00 pm (Canberra time) on 28 September 2012.
An application form, as well as key documents, including the Program Administrative Guidelines and Research Plan, can be found here: http://www.ret.gov.au/energy/clean/ctap/cmatsp/Pages/default.aspx
For further information about the CMATSP, please contact the Coal Sector Programs team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 14, 2012 – Methane Expo 2013 Call for Presentations: Coal Sector
The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) is holding its Methane Expo 2013 on 12-15 March 2013, in Vancouver, Canada. This event is a great opportunity to showcase your methane abatement- and reduction-related activities in the coal sector and engage with other experts from around the world.
We are calling for one-page abstracts for presentations for the coal technical and policy sessions. The presentation abstracts will be reviewed by GMI's Administrative Support Group (ASG), the host country Canada, and the GMI Coal Subcommittee. The criteria by which presentation abstracts will be assessed are available at www.globalmethane.org/expo/abstracts.html .
Presentations should cover topics related to reducing global methane emissions and advancing the abatement, recovery, and use of methane as a valuable clean energy resource from coal mines. Potential topics include:
- Conventional methane drainage techniques & end-use markets
- New and innovative recovery technologies, including ventilation air methane
- Capture and use of methane from active surface and abandoned underground mines
- Project case studies
- Country-specific profiles and the global market
- Mitigation-only projects and technologies (such as flaring and VAM)
June 7, 2012 – Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar and GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting in Sydney, Australia, 4-6 September 2012
The 16th Session of the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Mines Subcommittee will meet in conjunction with the three-day Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar, presented by the Australian Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, 4-6 September 2012.
The objective of this international seminar is to evaluate technologies needed to safely avoid and reduce fugitive methane emissions from coal mining. The first day and a half of the seminar will include technical sessions on the following topics:
- The Australian Government's $70 million coal mine methane abatement program
- Strategies to progress the development of key technologies
- Monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions
- Methane avoidance through enhanced drilling and drainage systems
- Using drainage gases
- Capturing and using ventilation air methane
- Safety and compliance standards
In the afternoon of 5 September 2012, the GMI Coal Subcommittee will meet to conduct business, including continuing to plan the technical and policy sessions for Methane Expo 2013 to be held 12-15 March 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. The seminar will conclude with a site tour to a local coal mine on 6 September 2012.
To register for the three-day event and/or the GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting, please visit: http://www.globalmethane.org/news-events/event_detailsByEventId.aspx?eventId=386 or http://www.tmm.com.au/whats-coming-up/details/73-GMI2012.html .
April 19, 2012 – CMM Conference in Poland May 2012
AGH University of Science and Technology is hosting a conference on "Obtaining and Utilizing Methane from Coal Seams". The conference will be held 23-25 May 2012 in Jastrzebie Zdroj City, where Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa (JSW) Capital Group exploits coal beds with high methane content. Recovered methane from drainage systems is used to produce electricity, heat and cooling. The event will take place at the AGH University Campus in Jastrzebie Zdroj City, where attendees will learn about the drainage and utilization of methane from coal seams. The conference is an excellent opportunity for the exchange of scientific knowledge and practical experiences between the scientific community and experts from Poland and the world. The goal is to create a discussion platform for ensuring the free exchange of scientific and technical ideas for coal mine methane recovery and utilization. More information »
March 1, 2012 – New Coal Mine Methane Feasibility Study from U.S. EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program
EPA's Coalbed Methane Outreach Program has launched five full-scale feasibility studies of coal mine methane recovery and utilization projects at Chinese coal mines. The studies will assess the technical and economic viability of implementing methane recovery and utilization projects, with detailed findings and project implementation recommendations compiled in comprehensive final reports.
The latest study, completed by ERG, is the Feasibility Study for CMM Drainage and Utilization for Inner Mongolia Tai Xi Group Mines. The Executive Summary of this document is also available in Chinese. Access this study »
February 15, 2012 – Regional Handbook for CBM Degasification in Southern Shanxi Province
Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research has developed A Regional Handbook for Coalbed Methane Degasification in the Southern Shanxi Province, China. This handbook provides a project summary and guidelines which can be utilized by parties interested in the CBM resource of the Qinshui Basin. For more information, go to Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research Report: A Regional Handbook for Coalbed Methane Degasification in the Southern Shanxi Province, China (August 2011) (PDF) (98 pp, 4.5MB)