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Coalbed methane (CBM) and Coalmine Methane (CMM) are set to revolutionise the way we produce energy from our natural resources. Keep up to date with the global investment opportunities in this field at SMi’s international conference ‘International Investment Opportunities in Coalbed and Coalmine Methane’.

Find out how the global players have successfully and cost-effectively developed coalbed methane including a unique opportunity to hear from all the key global coalbed and coalmine methane associations including; Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and USA. The high quality of our speakers means you can be confident of gaining insight from the experts

But that’s not all, ‘International Investment Opportunities in Coalbed and Coalmine Methane’ will also address the latest new technologies that will make CBM and CMM more cost effective. This includes an exclusive announcement on the revolutionary bacteria to enhance CBM production, C02 enhancement of CBM production and developments in the application of Thermal Flow Reversal Reactor (TFFR) Technology.

Plus, the latest developments in virgin coalbed methane mines, the impact of the greenhouse gas market on coal mine methane project feasibility and how methane reductions can be successfully traded. SMi’s International Investment Opportunities in Coalbed and Coalmine Methane is a time and labour saving way to ensure you are up to date with the latest issues and opportunities before your competitors are.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox, Editor, UK Coal Review

9:10 EMERGING GLOBAL MARKETS FOR COAL MINE METHANE

Karl Schultz

Karl Schultz, Programme Director, Coalbed Methane Outreach Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Coal Mine Methane Emissions and the Global Environment
  • A survey of Global Mine Methane Resources
  • Technologies for the Recovery and Use of Coal Mine Methane
  • The U.S. experience with Coalbed and Coal Mine Methane Resource Development
  • Overview of International Activities in Coal Mine Methane
  • Prospects for the future of Coal Mine Methane Industry
  • 9:40 CBM AND CMM IN CHINA

    Sun Maoyuan

    Sun Maoyuan, Vice President, China United Coalbed Methane Corporation (CUCBM)

  • History and Current Situation of China’s CBM Development
  • China’s Energy & Environment Policies
  • Supporting Policies for CBM Development
  • Related Regulations
  • Procedures for CBM International Co-operation
  • Management and Support for CBM Industry by the Government

    The function and role of CUCBM

  • 10:20 CBM INVESTMENT IN NORTH-EAST CHINA

    Zhou Zhifa, EU Director, Energy Management Component, LIEP and Senior Mining Engineer

    Zhou Zhifa, EU Director, Energy Management Component, LIEP and Senior Mining Engineer, and Dr David Creedy, Principle, Liaoning Integrated Environmental Programme (LIEP) and Wardell Armstrong

  • Virgin CBM and mine gas schemes
  • Established CBM pipelines
  • Gas markets and prices
  • Environmental gains
  • Opportunities for investors
  • How to find out more
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CASE STUDY: THE 'SHUNYANG' SCHEME, NORTH-EAST CHINA

    Cai Ligang

    Cai Ligang, Manager, Shenyang CBM Development Centre

  • Geology of Fushun
  • Phase 1: mine gas supply scheme
  • Fushan to Shenyang CBM pipeline
  • Phase 2: virgin CBM development
  • Gas sales and project potential
  • 12:00 CBM AND CMM IN THE UK

    Iain Paterson

    Iain Paterson, Chairman, Octagon Energy

  • What makes us different?
  • Advantages of the value chain
  • Importance of legislative and taxation recognition
  • Octagon’s history and assets
  • Current operations
  • Future activities
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 GREEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

    David Oldham

    David Oldham, Technical Director, Alkane Energy plc

  • Overview of Alkane Energy Operations
  • Commercial explotation of CMM
  • CMM Renewable Obligation and Climate Change
  • The future for CMM
  • 14:40 NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN CBM AND CMM

    Andrew Scott

    Andrew Scott, President, Altuda Geological Consulting

  • Review of new microbial technology that increases production and reserves
  • Naturally occurring secondary biogenic methane
  • Benefits of microbially enhanced coalbed methane
  • Microbial consortia and processes
  • Permeability enhancement
  • Limitations of microbially enhanced coalbed methane
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CO2 ENHANCEMENT OF CBM PRODUCTION

    Hugh Guthrie

    Hugh Guthrie, Senior Management and Technical Advisor, US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • Injecting C02 to release methane – why the technology works
  • Potential Impact
  • CBM Production
  • CO2 Sequestration Economics
  • With CO2 Sequestration credits
  • Without CO2 Sequestration credits
  • 16:20 COAL MINE VENTILATION AIR METHANE - THE APPLICATION OF TFFR TECHNOLOGY

    Martin Key

    Martin Key, Director - Strategy and Business Development, Megtec Systems

  • The characteristics of coal mine ventilation air methane (VAM) which currently limit methane treatment options
  • An overview of TFFR ( thermal flow reversal reactor ) technology
  • How can TFFR be applied cost-effectively to VAM?
  • Methane treatment options – methane destruction for emmission reductions or integrated energy recovery for heat or power production?
  • Technical, financial and institutional barriers
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Heather Tilly

    Heather Tilly, , ETSU, AEA Technology

    9:10 COALBED METHANE IN INDIA

    Shri Santosh Gangwar

    Shri Santosh Gangwar, Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India

  • Exploring & developing coalbed methane in India, an overview
  • The challenges facing foreign producers in India, and what help is available
  • The development of new coalbed sites in India, opportunities for investment
  • The India Governments position on coalbed exploration
  • Production issues, provision of adequate power for commercial production
  • Review of domestic legislation what investing companies need to consider
  • 9:40 DISTRIBUTION OF CHINA'S CBM RESOURCE

    Fan Zhiqiang

    Fan Zhiqiang, Project Manager, CUCBM

  • Characteristics of China’s CBM Resource Distribution
  • Differences of CBM Resource Distribution between China and the US
  • Incentives for CBM International Co-operation in China
  • Progress of implemented CBM International Co-operation Projects in China
  • New CBM International Co-operation Blocks to be Opened
  • 10:20 CANADIAN COALBED METHANE 'CBM' DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Ken Sinclair

    Ken Sinclair, Chairman, Canadian Coalbed Methane Forum

  • Total Gas in Place estimated at 600 tcf in seven different formations
  • Price of Natural Gas Increases 100 % over the last 12 months
  • Demand for conventional natural gas increasing, while conventional reserves decrease
  • Canadian CBM activity at all time high with over thirty companies exploring in the WCSB
  • Government Regulations must be reviewed

    Now have additional pipeline access to US markets

  • US Base exploration companies setting up Canadian offices

    Regional geological studies for CBM are now being completed for industry

  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 COALBED METHANE PROJECTS: A UKRAINIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Vladimir Kasianov

    Vladimir Kasianov, Director, Alternative Fuels Centre (Ukraine)

  • Exploring & developing coalbed methane in Ukraine, an overview
  • Benefits of overseas joint ventures with a Ukrainian partner
  • Technologies for the Recovery and Use of Coal Mine Methane
  • Production issues, provision of adequate power for commercial production
  • Review of domestic legislation, licensing and regulatory issues
  • Prospects for the future of Coal Mine Methane Industry
  • 12:00 THE IMPACT OF THE GREENHOUSE GAS MARKET ON COAL MINE METHANE PROJECT FEASABILITY

    James Marshall

    James Marshall, Executive Vice President, Raven Ridge Resources

  • The various end-use opportunities available for project development
  • The emerging Greenhouse Gas market is a real incentive to project development
  • Economic sensitivity of coal mine methane projects to Greenhouse Gas credits
  • Greenhouse Gas credits verification and marketing issues
  • Marketing options for coal mine methane projects
  • 12:40 CLAIMING GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS

    Neil Cohn

    Neil Cohn, Principle, Natsource

  • GHG Reductions – a new revenue stream
  • Overview of how claiming GHG reductions works
  • Natsource – bringing the buyer and seller together
  • Prospects for 2000 to 2007
  • Kyoto Protocol - outlook for 2008 to 2012
  • Potential for GHG reduction revenue
  • 14:40 COALBED METHANE PROJECTS: A RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Oleg Taialkov

    Oleg Taialkov, Director, Russian Coalbed Methane Centre

  • Coalbed Methane reserves in Kuznetsk Coal Basin
  • Evaluation of the methane emission in atmosphere associated with coal mining
  • Coal properties
  • International and domestic commercial projects for the methane recovery and utilisation under the development
  • Upcoming activities in the field of coalbed methane
  • Regulatory basis for the coalbed methane projects development
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DPB CASE STUDY: CZECH REPUBLIC

    Dr Georges Takla

    Dr Georges Takla, Director of Geology and Mine Safety, OKD DPB PASKOV, Czech Republic

  • Overview of DPB Paskov activities in CBM prospection
  • Case study – in-mine CBM boreholes TR-2/1 and TR-2/2
  • Parameters affecting CBM production
  • Overview of DPB Paskov activities in CMM exploration
  • Case study – boreholes no. 107,108,VV-1
  • Infrastructure of CMM exploitation and distribution

    Priorities and problems of CMM production

  • 16:20 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COAL BED METHANE PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT IN KARAGANDA REGION OF KAZAKHSTAN

    Serguei Stoupak

    Serguei Stoupak, Manager of International Projects, Azimut Energy Services

  • Coalbed methane reserves in Kazakhstan Coal basins, an overview
  • History and Current Situation of Kazakhstan CBM development
  • Industry request on CMB as a potential low cost energy source
  • Review of domestic legislation, licensing and regulatory basis for CMB projects
  • Production and commercial issues
  • Investment opportunities in CMB projects
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Evaluation and Exploration of Coal Mine and Coal Bed Methane Prospects
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    Evaluation and Exploration of Coal Mine and Coal Bed Methane Prospects

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    30th March 2001
    London, United Kingdom

    Evaluation and Exploitation of Coal Mine and Coal Bed Methane Prospects
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    Evaluation and Exploitation of Coal Mine and Coal Bed Methane Prospects

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    30th March 2001
    London, United Kingdom

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