Solvay commissions methane recovery facility at US trona mine

13 July 2012 15:11  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Solvay has commissioned a methane recovery facility at its trona mine in Wyoming, the US, the Belgium-based chemicals firm said on Friday.

The project promises to improve the environmental sustainability of trona mining in Wyoming.

Solvay said that the $4.0m (€3.3m) recovery facility – the first of its kind in North America - captures methane liberated during the trona mining process that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

The recovered methane will either be incinerated or piped to the trona mine's processing facility to recover its thermal energy via combustion, Solvay said.

The recovery facility has the capacity to remove 300,000 tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent annually, the company said.

Solvay has a patent pending for the facility’s technology, and it registered greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and carbon offset credits through the Climate Action Reserve - an organisation that independently verifies and issues the facility’s offsets.

US Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (Republican-Wyoming) said that Solvay’s innovative methane recovery facility is crucial for the advancement and durability of trona mining in the state.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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