SUEK-Kuzbass to utilise coalbed methane as fuel
SUEK-Kuzbass plans to utilise extracted coalbed methane from mines as motor fuel.
This latest development was announced on Tuesday by the Head of the Investment Department of SUEK-Kuzbass, Andrei Berdnikov, at the "Coal of Russia and Mining" exhibition in Novokuznetsk during the "Development of the regional economy: the role of the fuel and energy sector and cooperation with other industries" discussion session.
SUEK-Kuzbass (Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo region) plans to utilise extracted coalbed methane from mines as motor fuel. This latest development was announced on by the Head of the Investment Department of SUEK-Kuzbass, Andrei Berdnikov, at the ‘Russian Coal and Mining’ exhibition in Novokuznetsk during Tuesday’s ‘Development of the regional economy: the role of the fuel and energy sectors and cooperation with other industries’ discussion session.
The company began utilising coalbed methane in 2009. At the time, the Kirova mine in Leninsk-Kuznetsky implemented a project to generate heat and power by utilising methane captured from coal seams. Between 2009 and 2017, SUEK-Kuzbass captured and utilised 45 million cubic meters of methane, generating 70 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, and producing 70.5 thousand gigacalories of thermal energy.
As Andrey Berdnikov explained to Kommersant Siberia (Ъ-Сибирь), it is not always possible to use coalbed methane for power and electricity generation since it tends to have a low extraction concentration of less than 15%. As a result, a large part of the captured gas is flared. The methane liquefaction project, which will produce fuel for the company’s vehicle fleet, comprises the construction of a gas liquefaction plant with a capacity of 1.5 tonnes per hour. The project represents investments of RUB 336m and will provide RUB 80m in annual fuel savings, offering a five-year payback period.