CASPER, Wyo. — The State of Wyoming has signed onto a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to “advance a carbon capture test project to be conducted at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette,” according to Governor Mark Gordon’s office.
“The MOU signals Wyoming’s intent to work with JCOAL and KHI on a joint project to test their novel solid sorbent capture technology at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC),” the Tuesday, June 9 release states. “KHI has been in the planning and design phases for this test since 2018, which included multiple trips to Wyoming.”
“The project is now moving into the construction phase, with KHI expected to be onsite at the ITC in 2021.”
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Wyoming has had a working relationship with JCOAL since former Governor Matt Mead and JCOAL President Osamu Tsukamoto signed an MOU to cooperated on coal research, technology development and trade.
“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 release continues. “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.”