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Wyoming and JCOAL strengthen work on carbon technologies


Later last month, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced he is leading the state to continue its partnership with the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL). Accordingly, this collaborative effort will help promote and strengthen sustainability in the coal industry in the state.

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In that sense, the two entities renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in late July. Thus, the collaboration includes developing a Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) test project; specifically at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

About the MOU between Wyoming and JCOAL

At that time, Governor Gordon said in a statement; “Indeed, this MOU reinforces my commitment to working cooperatively; particularly, to keep coal in the energy mix and continuing our efforts to support carbon capture and sequestration.”

Worth noting, the signed MOU consists of five years of cooperation and indeed extends an initial MOU signed in 2016 by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.

Accordingly, the new statement of cooperation includes the promotion of technical cooperation; also the facilitation of research and development; and lastly, the facilitation of coal exports and sales. 

Other efforts

Indeed, last year, Wyoming signed an MOU with JCOAL and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Therefore, the parties committed to testing their novel solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC.

However, the ongoing project is still delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with planning for the construction phase continuing.

In fact, JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan. Besides, it has the support of more than 120 members who are coal-related businesses; including, for instance, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel, and Toshiba.

Also, the organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization. Particularly, it aims toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth, and reducing global environmental emissions.

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