Today, the demand for mined materials is greater than at any other time in history. World development and increased urbanization are driving sustained dependence on minerals, metals and coal. Energy usage is expected to increase sigfificantly in the coming decades - placing even more emphasis on supply, security, cost and environmental impact issues.
As the demand for commodoties grows, mining companies need a partner to support them in their efforts. A partner who understands the issues important to the mining industry - like safety, sustainability and productivity. And a partner with the equipment, solutions and technologies to support their operations.
Caterpillar is committed to being that partner. We provide the broadest line of surface and underground equipment in the industry - backed by the people and the infrastructure to serve every mining region in the world.
Coal mine methane (CMM) is a byproduct of coal formations in subterranean coal seams and is released before or during active coal mining. CMM can be hazardous to miners if not properly managed. Typically, this means venting the CMM into the atmosphere or burning it in a flare. However, methane is a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, so its release into the atmosphere is considered harmful. The Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Coal Mining Group operates the Sihe coal mine in Jincheng City, Shanxi, China. Rather than vent the CMM from the mine, the Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group decided to look into harnessing the CMM to generate power.Learn More
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