17 May 2010 15:51

Arrow Energy could produce 2 bcm of methane per year from Kazakh coal seams

KARAGANDA. May 17 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan's Zhumys-Stroyservice and Australia'a Arrow Energy intend to extract 1 billion-2 billion cubic meters of methane gas per year from coal seams in Karaganda Region.

"The methane extraction process consists of two phases. The first stage is preliminary organizational and technical measures to determine the feasibility of commercial production of methane from coal seams in the Karaganda coal basin. The second stage is the organization of pilot and industrial production of methane from the coal seams," said Zhumys-Stroyservice's Director Agibay Saberlinov at a meeting in the Karaganda region's Akimat.

He said the funding would be provided by Arrow Energy. The project's launch is scheduled for 2014.