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DTEK launched a cogeneration unit at its Stepnaya mine

Mining industry / Ukraine

According to Dmitry Anufriev, General Director of Recycling Solutions, only 1% of coal mine methane is processed in Ukraine.

DTEK launched a cogeneration unit at its Stepnaya mine

"DTEK mine administration " Pershotravenskoe "(the association " DTEK Pavlogradugol "), together with the Ukrainian Recycling SoluJons, put into operation a cogeneration unit at the " Stepnaya "mine for the production of electricity and heat from coal mine methane with electric capacity 1, 56 MW.

"At the mine " Stepnaya "" DTEK ShU Pershotravenskoye "introduced " a methane utilization pilot. Now the dangerous gas that is released in mine workings during coal mining is not only pumped out to the surface to ensure the safety of miners, but also converted into electricity and heat at a special cogeneration unit, "- said the press service of DTEK.

According to her, the electric and thermal energy produced at the cogeneration plant is used at the mine to heat and supply power to Unit 2.

"At the " Stepnaya "mine, where we annually extract about 2 million tons of coal, a large amount of methane gas is released during the extraction process. With the help of a degassing unit, we pump it out. And previously it was simply thrown into the atmosphere. Now this gas is converted into electricity through combustion and with minimal impact on the environment. The gradual reduction in coal use and waste generation is fully in line with the goals of the ESG strategy that the company adopted in 2019, "said the director of coal production " DTEK Energo "Mikhail Barabash, quoted by the press service.

According to the data given by Dmitry Anufriev, General Director of Recycling Solutions, only 1% of coal mine methane is processed in Ukraine.

The volume of investments made by Recycling Solutions in the project amounted to $ 2.6 million. The company was responsible for the development of a technical solution, fundraising, construction, launch of the project and is engaged in its operational management.

According to the company, DTEK and Recycling Solutions are planning to implement similar projects at two more mines of the DTEK Pavlogradugol association. This will allow to reduce greenhouse emissions from coal production by about 3% in the next two years.

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