Solvay starts trona mine methane recovery facility in US

Solvay starts trona mine methane recovery facility in US

4:33 AM, 16th July 2012
Solvay starts trona mine methane recovery facility in US
Nicolas Boel, Chairman, board of directors, Solvay.

GREEN RIVER, US: Solvay Chemicals commissioned North America’s first trona mine methane recovery facility. The methane recovery system (MRS) captures methane liberated during the mining process that would otherwise be vented directly into the atmosphere and instead directs it to either be incinerated, or piped to the trona processing facility to recover the thermal energy via combustion. MRS is a patent pending, closed-loop design.

Since its initial testing last year, the project has already removed more than 150,000 metric tonne of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) from the atmosphere. “By safely removing, incinerating and/or beneficially using the waste gas from our mining operations, this facility puts into practice the values of our founder, Ernest Solvay, who believed deeply that science and technology are the keys to advancing mankind’s condition and meeting the global challenges our society faces,” said Nicolas Boel, Chairman, board of directors, Solvay.

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