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SMi’s Coal Mine Methane conference will consider the opportunities of this promising sector. Not only a valuable resource, mine methane is an extremely potent and dangerous greenhouse gas and its capture and utilisation can have enormous environmental, economic and social benefits.

 

The conference will bring together the leaders in this sector from around the globe to discuss their international projects, the CMM carbon credit market and the status of CMM as a renewable energy source.

 

This is an ideal conference for all those implementing or considering CMM projects and is an unmissable chance to discuss and debate with the leading experts in the field.

 

Hear for the leading industry experts

Learn about new CMM projects from across the globe

Refresh your knowledge of the CMM market developments

Network with your peers in the field

Debate CMM as a renewable energy source

 

 

 

 Feedback from SMi's inaugural Unconventional Gas conference in March 2008

“Excellent cross section of talks”
Stephen Jewell, Chief Operating Officer, Composite Energy Ltd

“Excellent topics, relevant to current interest in CBM, good networking opportunities.”
Alistair McIntyre, Project Manager, Marathon International Petroleum

 

Our hugely popular Unconventional Gas conference focused on CBM, CMM and Tight Gas caputre and utilisation

 

This conference is ideal for all those involved in developing, funding and trading in the Coal Mine Methane Markets across the globe:

Coal Mining Companies including:

·                CEOs

·                MDs

·                Directors and Managers of Operations, Business Development Directors

·                Strategy Directors

·                Finance Executives

 

Coal Technology and Gas Capture Technology Companies including:

·                Project Developers

·                Heads of Technology Development

·                Business Development Directors

 

 

Additionally this conference would be highly useful for Financial Institutions, Regulators, Law Firms and Consultants involved in Coal Mine Methane development.

 

Our Unconventional Gas conference in March 2008 attracted over 100 attendees, from companies including:

Advanced Resources International Inc  •  Afpenn Lupane Developments Ltd  •  Arrow Energy  •  Arrow Energy  •  Ascent Resources Plc  •  Baker   •  Batavia Energy  •  BG Group  •  BP  •  Buccleuch Estates  •  Cedigaz News Report  •  Centrica  •  Composite Energy  •  Concargo  •  Core Laboratories Sales  •  EconoMatters  •  EDP Partners  •  Enerflax  •  European Holdings  •  European Gas  •  Exxon Mobil  •  Falcon Oil & Gas  •  Finavera Gas  •  Fracture Technologies  •  G M A Resources  •  Gaz de France  •  Gaz de France Norge  •  Green Dragon Gas  •  Greenpark Energy  •  Hungarian Horizon Energy  •  IMC Geophysics  •  Independent Resources  •  Inflatable Packers International  •  Intertec Testing Services  •  Johnson Matthey  •  LRM  •  Macquarie Bank  •  Marathon Oil  •  Marsh  •  McDaniel International  •  MHA Petroleum Consultants  •  Nexen Petroleum UK  •  Pacific Asia China Energy  •  Palladian Energy  •  Panther Eureka  •  Petron Resources  •  PetroSA  •  Pinnacle Technologies  •  Platts  •  Pure International  •  Schlumberger  •  Scientific Drilling  •  Shell  •  Surtron Technologies  •  TICORA Geosciences  •  Vermilion Resources  •  Weatherford  •  Wood Group Pressure Control  •  Wood Mackenzie  •  ZIMNRG Plc

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peet Sööt

Peet Sööt, President, CMM Energy

9:10 MANAGING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CMM UTILISATION

Yeen Chan

Yeen Chan, Project Manager, Green Gas International

  • Brief introduction to CMM
  • GGI approach towards CMM utilization
  • Case study on projects implemented
  • Review of main challenges in a CMM utilization project
  • 9:50 UNECE ACTIVITIES IN PROMOTING COAL MINE METHANE

    Carlotta Segre

    Carlotta Segre, Programme Officer - Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

  • The UNECE’s current activities
  • Facilitating the development and profitable recovery and use of CMM
  • Economic, social and environmental benefits
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF WORLDWIDE CMM AND VAM PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

    Neil Butler

    Neil Butler, Technical Director, Harworth Energy

  • Opportunities and challenges in the current climate
  • Future developments
  • Harworth Energy
  • 11:40 COMMERCIAL CMM OPERATIONS

    Neil O'Brien

    Neil O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Alkane Energy

  • Commercial power generation projects
  • Full value of gas to power chain
  • CMM revenues grown 67% pa. since 2004
  • Strategic onshore gas reserves
  • Corporate social responsibility objectives

    o        Climate change mitigation

    o        Regeneration projects in old mining areas

  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 STATUS OF THE CMM PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    Oleg Tailakov

    Oleg Tailakov, Director/Head of Laboratory, Uglemetan/Institute of Coal and Coal Chemistry of SB RAS

  • Major coal basins
  • CMM emissions
  • Recent CMM utilization projects
  • Future of the CMM recovery and utilization
  • 14:30 COAL MINE METHANE IN THE CONTEXT OF EUROPEAN POWER MARKETS

    Etienne Gabel

    Etienne Gabel, Senior Consultant, ICF International

  • CO2 pricing and demand for coal vs gas
  • Cross-commodity trading in fuel, power and carbon markets
  • CO2 price forecasts
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 AN INVESTOR’S PERSPECTIVE ON COAL MINE METHANE

    Giles Byford

    Giles Byford, Vice President, Barclays Capital

  • Investing in natural resources as an asset class; overview of the Barclays Natural Resources approach
  • Balancing risk and reward; the investor perspective
  • Specific investment issues for coal mine methane
  • 16:20 METHANE DRAINAGE OF RETREAT LONGWALLS IN THE UK

    John Warwick

    John Warwick, Managing Director, IMC Group Consulting

  • History and development
  • The methane drainage system
  • CMM recovery
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Karl Schultz

    Karl Schultz, Climate Policy Advisor, Green Gas International Limited

    9:10 POWER GENERATION FROM CMM

    David Burke

    David Burke, , Clarke Energy Ltd

  • Gas characteristics
  • Challenges
  • Solutions
  • Success Stories
  • 9:50 ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS FROM A CMM PROJECT IN HENAN PROVINCE CHINA

    Peet Sööt

    Peet Sööt, President, CMM Energy

  • Multi-year delays in CER Registration with the UNFCCC CDM Program
  • Technical and regulatory issues with use of low quality gas
  • Voluntary markets in USA provide a new revenue source for carbon credits
  • Guidelines for entering the VER markets
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 STATE OF THE ART RTO TECHNOLOGY FOR VAM ABATEMENT

    Stephen Blocki

    Stephen Blocki, Vice President & Environmental Energy Systems, Dürr Systems

  • How can CMM owners and developers profit from RTO efficiency improvements?
  • What is considered state of the art for VAM RTO technology?
  • How to choose a capable global emissions control supplier?
  • 11:40 FIRST VAM MITIGATION PROJECT IN AMERICA – CASE STUDY

    Nicolas Duplessis

    Nicolas Duplessis, Director of Development, Biothermica Technologies

  • VAMOX® system description & highlights
  • Update on first VAM mitigation project in America
  • Biothermica’s fully integrated project development approach
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GAZONOR CMM PROJECT, NORD PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE

    Eric Allen

    Eric Allen, Project Manager, European Gas

  • Reservoir characteristics
  • Past and future developments
  • Doing business in France
  • 14:30 AGAINST ALL ODDS: SECURING FINANCING FOR CMM PROJECTS IN DIFFICULT CAPITAL MARKETS

    Dan Grotsky

    Dan Grotsky, Partner, Gas2Business

  • Innovative modeling of project financing
  • Project presentation to financiers
  • Partner selection
  • 15:10 LEVERAGING THE PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY

    Cathy Conner

    Cathy Conner, CEO, Universal Well Site Solutions

  • New technological breakthroughs in coal mine methane well head management
  • How to apply the technology to optimise production and cut costs
  • Overcoming the challenges of deploying and benefitting from the technology
  • 15:50 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two Followed by Afternoon Tea

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