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JULY 2006

 

China power plant uses coal mine methane

Washington, DC— With assistance from EPA and other federal partners, United States 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. This project is the result of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors through the Methane to Markets Partnership, a United States initiative that includes 17 partner countries, including China.

The power plant will produce 120 megawatts of electricity from coal bed and coal mine methane from the Sihe mine, in addition to exhaust gas heat that will be recovered to produce usable hot water and steam for the mining operations. Once the project has been completed, an estimated 4.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions will be avoided each year. This is equal to emissions from one million cars annually.

This project not only supports the goals of the Methane to Markets Partnership but also the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, of which China and the United States are members. The Asia-Pacific partnership, which was started earlier this year, promotes energy security, cuts in air pollution and the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The United States Government is committing up to $53 million over the next 5 years to support the Methane to Markets Partnership.


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