22 May 2006 – US-based engine manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. has landed a $58m contract from China to supply the power generation equipment for the world’s largest power plant fueled by coalmine methane.
This project is the result of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors through the Methane to Markets Partnership, a US-led initiative that now includes 17 partner countries, including China.
The power plant will produce 120 MW of electricity from coal bed and coalmine 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 tonnes 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 US 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 Methane to Markets Partnership was launched in November 2004 to advance cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a source of clean energy. Methane is a greenhouse gas that can be used as a clean energy source. _
The US Government is committing up to $53 million over the next five years to support the Methane to Markets Partnership. EPA has helped to facilitate this and other coalmine methane projects in China through support of the coal bed and coal mine methane clearinghouse in China, which serves as a focal point for international and domestic investors and project developers.