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JSW invest in Caterpillar system to support sustainability initiatives

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Caterpillar Inc. has recently announced that Jastrzebska Spólka Weglowa (JSW) S.A., the largest producer of high-quality hard coking coal in the EU, has selected Cat dealer Eneria Poland to supply an integrated cogeneration system at its Knurów-Szczyglowice mine in southern Poland.

Commissioned in June 2020, the system uses coal mine methane to produce up to 12 MW of power and 12 MW of thermal energy. The electricity is used to supply power for conveyors, compressors, coal processing, mine ventilation systems, and other operations. The captured thermal energy is processed through heat exchangers to maintain the proper temperature in the mining workspace.

Designed, installed and commissioned by Eneria Poland, the system is anchored by three Cat® CG260-16 generator sets capable of operating on gas from the mine with methane content ranging from 40 – 70%. Eneria Poland will also provide ongoing support for the system through a 3-year customer value agreement.

“Safeguarding the health of our employees and minimising the environmental impact of our operations on neighbouring communities are key pillars of our corporate social responsibility strategy,” said Andrzej Szymala, Chief Investment Engineer at the Knurów-Szczyglowice mine.

“The cogeneration system designed by Eneria Poland for the Knurów-Szczyglowice mine will reduce methane emissions and improve the safety and comfort of our employees’ working environment while providing electricity and heat through innovations that improve our bottom line.”

The cogeneration system at the Knurów-Szczyglowice mine is the latest in a series of initiatives by JSW SA to improve its environmental footprint. The company is currently building a facility to convert by-products of the coking process into critical industrial materials, including lightweight, durable carbon fibres, carbon adsorbents for purifying liquids and gases, and carbon nanostructures used in lithium-ion batteries and numerous other applications.

The company employs other equipment supplied by Caterpillar in its operations, including Cat plow systems for longwall mining at its Borynia-Zofiówka and Pniówek mines.

“Jastrzebska Spólka Weglowa has made a demonstrated commitment to sustainability that has delivered tremendously positive results for the communities where it operates as well as its employees,” said Sven Buehler, Territory Manager for gas product sales at Caterpillar. “The system will support the expansion of Jastrzebska Spólka Weglowa’s environmental initiatives and further improve the quality of life for its many stakeholders.”

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