Project Developments


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May 21-22, 2007

Eastern Coal Council’s 27th Annual Conference & Exposition

Kingsport, Tn. — The Eastern Coal Council will be hosting the 27th Annual “Meeting World Needs by Improving & Increasing Coal Utilization” Conference & Exposition on September 11-12, 2006, at the Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. “The Case for Carbon Sequestration” will be presented by the SECARB Coal Seam Group in the Clean Coal Technologies Session. The group will discuss carbon sequestration research goals, objectives, and regional benefits. The moderator will be Dr. Robert Wright of the U.S. Department of Energy. Other speakers include:

More information about the conference and exposition can be found at http://www.easterncoalcouncil.com


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October 3-4, 2006
Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships Initiative Review Meeting

Pittsburgh, Pa. — A review meeting was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 3-4, 2006 by the National Energy Technology Laboratory to discuss progress of the Region Carbon Sequestration Partnerships. The SECARB Coal Group presented activities surrounding the field tests, progress made during the first year, and planned activities for the second year.


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September 12, 2006
SECARB Coal Group Phase II Update Meeting

Kingsport, Tn. — The SECARB Coal Group met to discuss and plan Phase II field validation tests and related activities. The Phase II Update Meeting was hosted by the Eastern Coal Council in conjunction with their 27th annual conference. As part of outreach and educational activities, the SECARB Coal Group presented “The Case for Carbon Sequestration” in the Clean Coal Technologies Session.


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July 12, 2006
Eastern Coal Council’s 28th Annual Conference & Exposition

Kingsport, Tn. — The Eastern Coal Council will be hosting the 28th Annual Conference & Exposition, “Coal: Energy Security”, on May 21-22, 2007, at the Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. “The Case for Carbon Sequestration” will be presented by the SECARB Coal Seam Group in the Clean Coal Technologies Session. The group will discuss carbon sequestration research goals, objectives, and regional benefits. The moderator will be Dr. Robert Wright of the U.S. Department of Energy. Other speakers include:

More information about the conference and exposition can be found at http://www.easterncoalcouncil.com


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May 23, 2006

SECARB Coal Group Phase II Update Meeting

Tuscaloosa, Al. — The Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) Coal Group met to discuss SECARB and related projects on carbon sequestration in coal and CO2-enhanced coalbed methane recovery in the southeastern United States. The Phase II Update Meeting was hosted by the Geological Survey of Alabama in conjunction with the 2006 International Coalbed Methane Symposium.


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January 18-19, 2006

Partnership Industry Briefing

College Park, Ga. — Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership’s (SECARB) hosted an Industry Briefing in College Park, Georgia, on January 18-19, 2006. The purpose of the event was to brief the SECARB industry partners on the findings from Phase I and discuss the Phase II work plan. Details discussed about Phase II included the goals, the benefits, and the feasibility of carbon sequestration in select regions.


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November 29, 2005

Central Appalachian Industrial Partners Meeting

Bluefield, VA — Matt Conrad and Mike Miller of Marshall Miller & Associates (MM&A) and Nino Ripepi of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research presented Phase I results and Phase II work plans to Phase I funding partners at MM&A offices in Bluefield, Virginia on November 29. Those present were asked to consider participating in Phase II. Representatives from the following companies attended this meeting: Central Coal, CNX Gas, Dart Oil & Gas, Natural Resource Partners, Penn Virginia Resource Partners, Pocahontas Land.


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November 14, 2005

Kick-Off Meeting

Blacksburg, VA — A Kickoff Meeting to initiate Phase II was held in Blacksburg, Virginia, on November 14, 2005. The meeting was attended by 23 participants that represented the research team, the industrial cost share partners, corporate partners, and the community. Participants were briefed on national developments and SECARB initiatives by Dr. Karen Cohen, Project Manager, NETL, DOE, and Dr. Gerald Hill, Senior Technical Advisor, SSEB. During the morning session, participants summarized their work under the completed Phase I program and previewed their scope of work under Phase II. The afternoon session was devoted to organizational, communications, management aspects of the SECARB II Coal Group Partnership.


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June 21, 2005

Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research partner in $14.3 million climate change project

Blacksburg, VA — Power plants that use coal and oil produce energy and various byproducts – among them the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech is leading a team that is developing and testing technology to send carbon dioxide back to its roots – into coal beds.

The center represents Virginia in the multi-state Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB), one of seven regional consortiums established by the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of President Bush’s Global Climate Change Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas by 18 percent by 2012. Since 2003, the various research groups have identified carbon sequestration opportunities – ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere or prevent it from reaching the atmosphere – and characterized carbon sink sites to identify those with the best potential for storing carbon.

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced Phase II to move the work from the lab to the field. SECARB will receive $14.3 million from DOE plus funds and cost sharing from industry partners to advance technologies to store greenhouse gases.

The Southern States Energy Board will lead the SECARB Partnership in defining the potential for storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in field tests in three target geologic formations within the southeast region: enhanced oil recovery stacked reservoirs, coal seams, and saline reservoirs The SECARB partnership includes states agencies, utilities, industry associations, and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, southeast Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER) leads one of three field test teams investigating CO2 sequestration potential in unmineable coal beds (coal seams that cannot be economically mined) so that it will stay there for thousands of years. Appalachian coalbed methane (CBM) reservoirs in Virginia and Alabama have produced enormous quantities of natural gas and are now approaching maturity, said VCCER director Michael Karmis.

“The majority of methane in coal seams is loosely bonded to the coal, rather than being a compressed gas,” said Karmis. “The natural affinity of CO2 to adsorb onto the coal/carbon structure is two times greater than that of methane, when comparing pure gases at the same temperature and pressure. Injecting CO2 under controlled conditions could displace the methane while sequestering the CO2 without causing ‘flow through’ of carbon dioxide.”

“Sequestration of CO2 in these basins can significantly reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, and, at the same time, the CO2-enhanced gas recovery promises to prolong the life of these reservoirs and expand the gas reserves. We will demonstrate the use of such geological sinks to store collected CO2,” said Karmis, who is the Stonie Barker Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech.

While focusing on field validation at regional locations with the greatest promise of storing large quantities of CO2, the teams will also prove the environmental efficacy of sequestration, verify regional CO2 sequestration capacities, satisfy project permitting requirements, and conduct public outreach and education activities.

The Geological Survey of Alabama, Marshall Miller and Associates Inc., Advanced Resources International, the Kentucky Geological Survey, and the Eastern Coal Council will participate in the coal seams investigation conducted by the VCCER. The researchers will verify the sequestration capacity and performance of mature CBM reservoirs in the Black Warrior and Central Appalachian Basins through parallel field tests run in both basins. Fieldwork will include sequestration testing using a horizontal CBM well within the Central Appalachian Basin, which may develop breakthrough technologies in carbon sequestration.

Funding for coal seams portion of the carbon sequestration project includes $3.4 million from DOE and an additional $850,000 committed by the participants for a total of $4.25 million. The total value of the SECARB Partnership is $19.975 million, including a 28 percent cost share from the project partners.

The DOE will provide $100 million over four years to further develop technologies for two carbon sequestration initiatives — to capture greenhouse gases and to store such gases. Learn more here.