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KazTransGas and Gazprom subsidiary to produce CBM

World Coal,

Kazakhstan’s gas production and transportation company KazTransGas and Gazprom Dobycha Kuznetsk, a subsidiary of Gazprom, have signed a memorandum of cooperation in exploration and production of coal bed methane (CBM) in Kazakhstan.

Under the agreement, the parties will cooperate in the development of technologies for coalbed production, and provision of leased equipment or the shared use of equipment. To achieve the objectives of the project, the parties can share information, create JVs, and implement a pilot project for the exploration and production of methane coal seams.

“Coalbed methane is an innovation direction in hydrocarbon production, and a non-traditional energy source whose forecasted reserves allow considering it as an alternative component of Kazakhstan’s fuel and energy base. The study of this issue is important and in future it may become an alternative option for gasification of central and northern regions of Kazakhstan”, the Kazakh company said in a press release.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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