RFC: Coal-bed Methane Extraction

The client’s goal is to build capacity to extract natural gas from coal beds. 


Many coal seams contain significant quantities of natural gas absorbed inside the solid coal, but until the last several decades, this gas was seen only as a safety hazard to miners rather than an energy source. Today, coal-bed methane is captured in large quantities in North America and Australia, and is beginning to be tapped as an energy source in China as well.

Natural gas extraction from coal beds is most frequently done by drilling a well into the coal seam and pumping water from the well to release pressure; at these lower pressures, the methane naturally releases from the coal and bubbles to the surface with the water. Coal-bed methane generally contains some quantities of ethane, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, and must be purified onsite then trucked to a compressor where it can be transported as a compressed gas for final use.

In the past, coal-bed methane has been wasted, but there is now an opportunity to capture it in many coal-producing regions in China. However, the technology for coal-bed methane production is different from conventional coal drilling, so companies that serve these regions may not be equipped to take advantage of this new energy source.

Technology Reserve’s client seeks experts who can provide pipes or onsite scrubbing systems for coal-bed methane extraction.

An ideal expert partner will:

  • Have know-how of production, scrubbing and pipe equipment, and systems for coal-bed methane extraction
  • Deposit and transfer the know-how for building and operating coal-bed methane extraction equipment

Region of request: Asia


 For inquiries, contact Astha Vijay, astha@techreserve.com