The purpose of Geo-Metan is to develop and enhance Polish home-grown CBM exploration and pre-mining extraction technologies. The cooperation between Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, Polska Grupa Gornicza, Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa SA and Tauron Polska Energia SA will enable CBM exploration and extraction operations to be carried out in future coal producing areas.

“CBM has potential to considerably improve our national energy security. What is more, the reduction of methane content in coal seams will significantly increase the safety of hard coal mining and may accelerate coal production. I am happy that other Polish mining and energy companies are going to partner with PGNiG to develop our own CBM extraction technologies,” says Piotr Wozniak, President of the Management Board of PGNiG SA.

“Owner of three hard coal mines, the TAURON Group is naturally interested in developing innovative CBM recovery and removal technologies. It is also in line with the National Strategy for Responsible Development to domestically develop and improve such mining-related solutions,” notes Filip Grzegorczyk, President of the Management Board of TAURON Polska Energia. “The implementation of such innovations is an element of our policy to improve occupational safety and enhance the performance of our mines,” he adds.

“The PGG mines have applied CBM drainage methods for many years as part of their ongoing effort to prevent methane risks and ensure the safety of miners and mining operations. Currently, the recovered methane is used as an energy source in heating and cogeneration plants for combined heat and power production by gas engines. For PGG, further cooperation with our partners offers an opportunity to increase the efficiency of CBM removal through the application of directional drilling of boreholes from underground workings over planned coal production areas,” says Tomasz Rogala, President of the Management Board of PGG.

“Methane is an extremely hazardous gas occurring in hard coal deposits. The more gas we capture and use to produce electricity, the greater the environmental benefits from reduced greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere. As a coal producer committed to environmental protection, the JSW Group wants to maximise its use of CBM. In line with our 2030 strategy, we plan a number of investment projects to harness CBM for commercial purposes, which will allow us to increase our electricity output from gas engines from the current 90,000 MWh to 490,000 MWh after 2022,” comments Daniel Ozon, President of the Management Board of JSW.

PGNiG, in partnership with the Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PIG-PIB), has already commenced test CBM extraction in Gilowice, Katowice Province. Launched in February 2017, the test production has so far yielded close to 900,000 m³ of methane-rich natural gas. PIG-PIB has estimated producible CBM reserves in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin at approximately 170 billion m³.