An Australian clean energy company, in partnership with a number of coal mines, will participate in emissions reduction activities by capturing greenhouse gases from mines and producing electricity. The coal mines are located in the Illawarra, Central Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales.
The projects capture waste gas containing mainly methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is emitted from operating underground coal mines, using technology newly developed in Australia, transferring predominantly methane gas to the surface by an underground collection network of pipes. The methane is then burnt in gas-powered electrical generators or flared in efficient enclosed flaring devices.
The projects are registered under the coal mine waste gas method of the Emissions Reduction Fund. This method allows for emissions reduction by flaring waste gas or combusting it to operate an electricity generation device. These projects will use a combination of combustion in flares and electricity generators, having an added benefit of creating abatement from displacing electricity produced by traditional coal-fired generators as well as by combusting methane.
The participating mines are expected to significantly reduce their fugitive methane emissions over the next decade and result in around four million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement over the initial seven-year project period.
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