MONTREAL, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Biothermica today announced that its
pioneering VAMOX(TM) coal mine methane (CMM) abatement system is fully
operational at Jim Walter Resources' mine no. 4 in Brookwood, Alabama. For the
first time in America, ventilation air methane (VAM) is being destroyed at an
active coal mine, all the while generating bankable carbon credits.
Approved by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety & Health
Administration (MSHA), the demonstration system oxidized methane for the first
time as originally planned on January 26, 2009. Capturing 30,000 ft(3)/min of
mine ventilation air, this medium-size unit will achieve greenhouse gas (GHG)
emission reductions amounting to some 40,000 tons of CO(2) equivalent each
year, the same as removing 8,000 cars from the road.
"We are extremely satisfied with the performance and reliability of our
system after only a few weeks of operation" said Nicolas Duplessis, Director
of VAMOX(TM) Development. Guy Drouin, President of Biothermica, added: "Mine
ventilation air accounts for 50 to 70% of all CMM emissions and the VAMOX(TM)
can certainly play a significant role in helping the coal mining industry
minimize its environmental impact. Building on the success of our venture in
Alabama, we plan to develop similar projects in close partnership with other
Well established as a successful carbon project developer, Biothermica
always seeks to generate high quality carbon credits. For this reason, the
project is fully validated in accordance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard
(VCS) and is one of the first to be listed on the new APX VCS Registry. More
information regarding this initiative can be found at www.vcsregistry.com
"Once again, Jim Walter Resources leads the industry by implementing a
new technology that captures and utilizes methane to achieve a cleaner coal
production" said Thomas E. McNider, General Manager of Mining Engineering.
"The VAMOX(TM) is a simple solution since it requires no modification to
existing mine equipments and remains independent from our ventilation system."
Using the proven principle of regenerative thermal oxidation (RTO), the
VAMOX(TM) captures and mitigates VAM emissions before this potent GHG is
released to the atmosphere. Strong of its 15 year expertise with RTO,
Biothermica developed the VAMOX(TM) to offer coal mines a safe, simple and
profitable solution to significantly decrease their carbon footprint.
Founded in 1987, Biothermica is a leader in the design, construction and
turn-key delivery of air pollution control, landfill gas and coal mine methane
solutions. The company is also a fully integrated carbon project developer
that finances, structures and takes equity in technically relevant projects.
Biothermica has completed projects in North and South America, Asia, Africa
and Europe. www.biothermica.com
About Jim Walter Resources
Jim Walter Resources Inc. (JWR) is the world's largest producer of Blue
Creek Coal. Known worldwide among coal producers, the Blue Creek Seam is
located in the heart of Alabama's coal-rich Warrior Basin (U.S.). JWR provides
coal with high BTU and low sulfur content from some of the deepest mines on
the North American continent. Customers on five continents have utilized Blue
Creek Coal to meet their demanding metallurgical and thermal specifications.
APX is the leading infrastructure provider for environmental and energy
markets in renewable energy and greenhouse gases including carbon commodities.
The company is the solution of choice for every major renewable energy market
in North America and greenhouse gas markets worldwide, including the Gold
Standard, the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), and the Climate Action Reserve
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