The Methane to Markets Partnership Update
Issue 19, May 2010
In this edition:
- Methane to Markets' Projects in the Spotlight
- Infrared Heater Project Operational
- Landfill Gas Workshop
- Recent Developments
Methane to Markets' Projects in the Spotlight
Many methane capture and use projects have gone from concept to reality in the short time Methane to Markets has been operational. Now you can read all about them on the Partnership's website. Highlighted at the 2010 Partnership Expo, these project spotlights include agriculture, coal mines, and landfill projects from Brazil, China, India, and Ukraine. All have been completed and are helping to reduce emissions by more than 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually. One of the projects, the Datong mine project, located in the Chongqing Municipality in Southwest China, will destroy ventilation air methane (VAM) with methane oxidization technology. The heat generated during oxidization will be used to produce hot water for coal mine workers. Another project, Frigorífico Mabella, a nine-year-old pork processing, swine production, and trading company in the Matto Grosso province of Brazil, will be using biogas to provide electricity to the farm. Read more about these and other exciting methane capture and use projects on the Methane to Markets website.
Infrared Heater Project Operational
Argentina's Solid Waste Association (ARS) has been working for the past three years to develop a pilot-scale project that recovers landfill gas (LFG) and uses it to fuel infrared heaters. In 2007, ARS received a Methane to Markets grant for $125,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a project that uses LFG to fulfill onsite energy needs. ARS selected the Escobar Landfill in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be the site of the project. Currently, the Escobar Landfill has an operational LFG project where an infrared heater uses 15 standard cubic feet of LFG per minute to supply onsite energy needs. By substituting LFG for a fossil fuel, ARS calculated that the net avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions will be nearly 515 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. In addition, the project will yield local air quality improvements by reducing local greenhouse gas emissions. When the heaters are not in use, the landfill will flare the LFG.
Landfill Gas Workshop
On 2 June 2010, landfill owners and managers, government officials, project developers, and project financiers will meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a workshop on the basics of LFG projects. Entitled "Creating Viable LFG-to-Energy Project in Latin America," the workshop will provide an overview of the landfill sector, explain LFG-to-energy systems, and review the basics of project planning. Speakers will share strategies to bring a landfill online as well as insights into project design and financing. Representatives from Methane to Markets Partner Countries will present specific opportunities and project models for landfill methane capture and use in Latin America, as well as financing and incentive programs. The workshop will be held after the International Solid Waste Association Beacon Conference , also being held in Buenos Aires. More information and the agenda (PDF, 2 pp., 159 KB) are available.
- Mark Your Calendars for the Next Coal Mines Subcommittee Meeting. On 28 October 2010, the Coal Mines Subcommittee will meet in Beijing, China to discuss the next steps for the Subcommittee. The Subcommittee meeting will be held in conjunction with the CCII Symposium, which is being held on 26-27 October 2010.
- Oil and Gas Conference Held in the Middle East. In May 2010, regional and global experts met at the Middle East and North Africa Forum on Flaring Reduction and Gas Utilization in Muscat, Oman. The forum focused on specific challenges and opportunities to reduce flaring in the Middle East and North Africa region.
- Methane Capture From Coal Mines in China. In May 2010, United States-based power developer AES Corporation announced plans to expand its business of capturing methane from China's coal mines, which could develop into a near $1 billion industry once market incentives are established. AES plans to build up to 25 VAM projects by 2017. AES' first VAM project is at the Datong Coal Mine in Chongqing municipality, which was showcased (PDF, 3 pp., 1.5MB) at the 2010 Partnership Expo. The project, once fully operational, will be one of the first commercially operating facilities of its kind in China. AES' methane-capturing projects are registered with the United Nations to qualify as Clean Development Mechanism projects encouraged under the Kyoto climate pact.
- 2010 Ministerial Points of Contact. One of the main discussion topics at the Partnership Steering Committee meeting in New Delhi was the upcoming ministerial meeting to be held in conjunction with a pre-Ministerial meeting of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in late 2010. A critical element of that event will be a Ministerial Declaration, emphasizing the importance of the Partnership in addressing the challenges of clean energy and climate change and noting the significance of the revised Terms of Reference. As part of its charge, the Steering Committee tasked Partners to appoint points of contact (POCs) to work with Administrative Support Group (ASG) and other Partners in the development of the Ministerial Declaration and event planning. As decided at the Steering Committee Meeting, the ASG—with the input of the Steering Committee members—will develop a working draft to be shared with POCs from all Partners. If you have not already done so, please provide designated POCs for your country or organization to the ASG.
- Reminder: U.S. EPA Has Extended the Deadline for Submission of Proposals. The U.S. EPA has extended the deadline to fund international projects and activities that advance methane capture and use in support of the Methane to Markets Partnership. Applications for this solicitation are now due by 29 July 2010. The total estimated amount for this competitive funding opportunity is up to $5 million. EPA expects to award up to 35 cooperative agreements through this announcement, at $100,000 to $750,000 per award. The project period for awards resulting from this solicitation will begin in January 2011 and may be up to three years long.
- Survey Says: Attendees Find Value in Expo. Feedback on the recent India Expo has been flowing in via the 2010 Partnership Expo survey , but the ASG wants to hear from you. Let them know what worked, what did not, and what you would like to see at future events by taking the time to complete the short online survey if you have not already done so.