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Alberta Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery Project (Project Completed)

Nominators: Canada (lead), United States, and United Kingdom

This pilot-scale project, located in Alberta, Canada, aimed at demonstrating, from both economic and environmental criteria, the overall feasibility of coal bed methane (CBM) production and simultaneous CO2 storage in deep unmineable coal seams. Specific objectives of the project were to determine baseline production of CBM from coals; determine the effect of CO2 injection and storage on CBM production; assess economics; and monitor and trace the path of CO2 movement by geochemical and geophysical methods. All testing undertaken was successful, with one important conclusion being that flue gas injection appears to enhance methane production to a greater degree possible than with CO2 while still sequestering CO2, albeit in smaller quantities.

Recognized by the CSLF at its Melbourne meeting, September 2004


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