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2006 Press Releases
November 16, 2006 – U.S., India to Form Coal Methane Information Center
The Methane to Markets Partnership is establishing a clearinghouse that will act as a central point of information on coalbed and coal mine methane projects in India, the world's third largest coal producing country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with other federal partners, is providing assistance in the development of the information center. The clearinghouse will be the initial point of contact for domestic and international investors and will effectively promote the development of coalbed and coal mine methane projects in India. EPA has successfully established coalbed methane clearinghouses in several other countries including China, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine.
May 18, 2006 - Caterpillar Signs Contract with Jincheng CMM Project
With direct assistance from EPA and other federal partners, U.S.-based engine manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. has landed a $58 million contract from China to supply the power generation equipment for the world's largest power plant fueled by coal mine methane (CMM). The power plant will produce 120 megawatts of electricity from coalbed and coal mine methane from the Sihe mine in Jincheng, in addition to exhaust gas heat that will be recovered to produce usable hot water and steam for the mining operations. This project is the result of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors through the Methane to Markets Partnership, a U.S.-led initiative that now includes 17 partner countries, including China. This project also supports the goals of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, of which China and the U.S. are members.