RRR-GZICCEP: Coal Mine Methane EcoPartnership


The initial target for the EcoPartnership is the Qinglong coal mine, owned by Guizhou Qianxi Energy Development Company, where a pre-feasibility study has been performed to determine the technical and economic viability of installing an upgraded gas drainage and utilization system. RRR will work with its Chinese partner GZICCEP to improve the in-mine drainage of coal mine methane (CMM), demonstrate surface to coal seam drilling for methane (pre-mining) and surface drilled gob vent boreholes and commercial utilization.

In addition, the partnership will strive to expand their activities to other coal mines owned and operated by the Guizhou Qianxi Energy Development Company. As the project is implemented the partnership will establish a platform for Sino-US cooperation on CMM drainage and commercial utilization. Through the activities of the partnership, Chinese coal mine enterprises will be offered the opportunity to learn through the management experiences of American mining experts, incorporate American know-how into mine planning and degasification strategies, import advanced technologies, and encourage mines to seek investment for gas drainage and utilization projects. American companies can export or introduce and license their technologies, equipment and expert services to the Chinese participants.

With this project, an extensive network of China and the US participants involved in CMM development and commercial utilization will be created. The network will focus on coal mining in Southwest China, with our aim to promote demonstration projects and further commercial deployment as well as the production of sustainable and clean energy. These activities will improve the safety of coal mines and reduce the emission of methane, a powerful GHG contributing to global climate change, thus improving local and global air quality. Methane capture projects arising from this effort can become sources of fuel for clean electricity generation and clean vehicle fuel (CMM for power generation and CMM to CNG/LNG as fuels).

Work Plan: 
Task 1: Training
From previous EPA funded CMM projects in SWC, it has been shown that CMM training and information sharing for various stakeholders are the key to open their door to access knowledge and innovation, international cooperation towards final commercial utilization as clean energy development. This might result in a revolution or evolution coming from awareness raising, case study, close networking, discussion and workshop, to real capacity building to final projects. Training courses as a way of education should be used to deeply improve awareness and technical skills, while certificate will be issued to attendees by the coal bureaus and secretariat.
Task 2: Enable demonstration project
Develop business model for demonstration project and investigate finance options. After seminars and training course, the partners will undertake development of a business model that will demonstrate the potential for coal mine companies to make the transition from a coal producer to an integrated energy and services supply company