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Gordon signs agreement for Wyoming and JCOAL carbon capture research to continue


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and Japan Coal Frontier Organization President Osamu Tsukamoto have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will allow a partnership between the State of Wyoming and the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) to continue.

Gordon’s office said on Monday, August 2 that the MOU will allow collaborative research into Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage to continue at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

“This MOU reinforces my commitment to working cooperatively to keep coal in the energy mix and continuing our efforts to support carbon capture and sequestration,” Gordon said in the press release Monday.

The new agreement is for five years and extends an initial MOU signed by former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Tsukamoto in 2016.

“The statement of cooperation includes the promotion of technical cooperation, the facilitation of research and development, and the facilitation of coal exports and sales,” Gordon’s office said. “Last year, Wyoming signed an MOU with JCOAL and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to test their novel solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC. The ongoing project has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with planning for the construction phase continuing.”

“JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions.”

The new MOU can be accessed online.