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World Mining Congress

20 June 2018

EXPO Congress Centre, Hall 6, Astana, Kazakhstan

A one-day-long technical session on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) will be delivered jointly by the Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) within the framework of the 25th World Mining Congress (WMC). 

The event titled Turning Coal Mine Methane into an Asset: Implementing Best Practices and Policies will take place on 20 June 2018 in Hall 6 of the EXPO Congress Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan.

WMC is a major global mining industry’s event bringing together international specialists and scientists since 1958. The jubilee 25th edition titled Innovational Excellence as a step forward to world mining growth will address such matters as geologic exploration, mining and processing, risk assessment, and international fundraising. It will feature numerous thematic sessions covering a wide range of important issues that arise along the entire value chain of various solid mineral extractive industries.The Congress will welcome senior officials from different countries, leading international experts, investors, financial institutions, and renown universities. 

The objective of the joint UNECE-GMI session is to disseminate and encourage implementation of best practices in CMM drainage and utilization, and to promote policies that facilitate development of CMM projects.

To learn more about the UNECE-GMI session please consult a draft agenda available below.

To learn more about WMC please visit the home page of the Congress

Please also see an overview of the event and of the mining industry in Kazakhstan prepared by the organizer of the event.

Kindly note that registration for the Congress is required and can be done on-line at the above-mentioned page. 

Should you be interested in participating in other sessions that will be delivered at the Congress, you are kindly asked to pay a registration fee. At the same time, please note that participation in the joint UNECE-GMI seminar only is free of charge. In the latter case, while registering on-line for the event, please omit the part in which you are asked to provide your credit card details. 

Should you decide to attend the session and wish to benefit from the fee waiver please indicate your intention to Mr. Michal Drabik (michal.drabik@un.org). 

Please also do not hesitate to contact Mr. Drabik should you require any additional information about the event.

Document Title  & SymbolENGFRERUS
Session One: Global Methane Initiative and UNECE Group of Experts on CMM: Partnering to Reduce Emissions from Coal Mining Activities
The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and its Role in Promoting CMM Utilization
Ms. Volha Roshchanka, Environmental Specialist, U.S. EPA
The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
Mr. Michal Drabik, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 
An Introduction to the International Centres of Excellence on CMM: Poland and China
ICE-CMM Poland
Mr. Jacek Skiba, Chief Specialist, Experimental Mine "Barbara", GIG - Central Mining Institute
Mr. Liu Jiangao, Original Director, New Industry Development Bureau, Shanxi Coking Coal Group Co., Ltd 
An Introduction: Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Recovery in Coal Mines
Mr. Raymond C. Pilcher, Chair, UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
Session Two:  CMM, AMM and VAM Projects
Policies and Economics for CMM/AMM/VAM Project Development
Getting it Right: Policies that Provide a Solid Foundation for the Development of CMM/AMM and VAM Projects
Ms. Meredydd Evans, Senior Staff Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The Economics of Successful Project Development
Mr. Jonathan Kelafant, Senior Vice President, Advanced Resources International
Session Three: Drainage and Utilization of Methane from Active Underground and Surface Mines
CMM Utilization in Donbass and potential application in Kazakhstan
CMM capture and its use in selected urban areas in Donbas
Mr. Yurii Bobrov, Executive Director, The Association of Mining Towns of Donbass
Recent CMM project in Donbass area and plans for adapting experience in Kazakhstan
Mr. Andrey Garanin, Director of UMG for Kazakhstan and CA
Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) Projects: Opportunities and Challenges 
VAM processing - international experiences from proven technology
Mr. Richard Mattus, Consultant, RM Business Consulting
Mr. Dominique Kay, Director R&D, Biothermica Technologies Inc.
Best Practices in Managing Degassing/Outbursts
Modern approach to coal and gas outburst prevention
Mr.  Alexey Shalashinkiy, DMT/IMC Montan
Improving gas outburst management at gassy low permeability coal seams at the Karaganda coalfield
Mr. Sergazy Baimukhametov, Advisor Director of Coal Department, ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC 
Technique and Results of the Measurement of Gas Content and Permeability of Coal Seams in Underground Mines
Mr. Oleg V. Tailakov, Deputy Director of Institute of Coal, Federal Research Center of Coal and Coal Chemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
Case studies on degassing at active mines in Kazakhstan
Mr. Clemens Backhaus, Engineer, A-TEC Anlagentechnik GmbH
Prospective for Surface Mine Methane (SMM)
Mr. James S. Marshall, Executive Vice President, Raven Ridge Resources, Inc
Possible SMM experimental capture in conditions of Kazakhstan pits
Mr. Evgeny Alekseev, Deputy Director, Methane Center PA
Session Four: Best Practices in Drainage and Utilization of 
Best Practices in Drainage and Utilization of Methane from Abandoned / Closed Mines
Mr. Michael Cote, President, Ruby Canyon Engineering
Case study from Germany on the degassing and utilisation of mine gas from abandoned mines
Mr. Clemens Backhaus, Engineer, A-TEC Anlagentechnik GmbH
Providing safety while managing gas emissions at mining allotments of abandoned mines in Karaganda coal basin
Mr. Evgeny Ivankin, Chief Engineer, Karagandalikvidshakht
The state of methane emissions from the liquidated mines and the experience of using methane gas from the waste spaces of the operating mines of the Karaganda coal basin
Mr. Magsud Yalymov, Chief miner on subsoil, ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC, and
Mr. Sergey Morozov, Specialist on Subsoil of ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC