Economic use of methane Project
Project is planned for 4 years (2018-2022) and concerns the mines “Budryk” and “Knurów-Szczygłowice”.
Hard coal mining is inherently associated with obtaining methane by-product. Using and management of methane in Poland is associated with obtaining significant economic benefits, increasing safety in mines and it is part of the implementation of the national strategy assuming further development of the circular economy which means by-products of one process are used in another process.
In 2018 JSW’s methane collected by methane drainage systems was used for the production of electricity, heat or cooling in 57% which means that there is a huge potential for improvement in this area.
The main goal of this project is to produce electricity using gas from methane drainage systems. JSW S.A. is going to achieve this by creating new infrastructure and implementing modern technologies.
The project concerns the management of methane from the KWK Budryk and KWK Knurów-Szczygłowice mines and the production of energy for the use of these mines, and then other mines owned by JSW. In the Project concept, it does not include the sale of electricity outside JSW.
Mining activity is one of the most energy-consuming industry, which is associated with significant mechanization of the production process carried out continuously with a three-shift system. This means that JSW has a significant demand for electricity at the level of approximately 1 TWh during the year.
Due to JSW's access to significant and stable methane surpluses, it is possible to reduce the costs of purchasing electricity, and to manage methane instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, which would entail additional emission costs.