Press Release – With the aim of fostering partnerships with strategic energy allies, Governor Matt Mead and representatives of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resource welcomed a delegation from the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) to Wyoming last month.
During the visit, JCOAL representatives toured the construction site of the future Wyoming ITC as well as Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station. The JCOAL delegation also met with officials from the University of Wyoming as well as economic development leaders in Campbell County to learn about their efforts to promote new business development in the area. JCOAL representatives also toured the Cordero Rojo Mine and the University of Wyoming’s SER research facilities.
The visit from JCOAL representatives followed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Governor Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of JCOAL, in July of 2016, committing to cooperation in coal research and development of technologies and coal trade.
Wyoming ITC Presents to International Test Center Network
Furthering the Wyoming ITC’s global reach, leaders from the project presented an overview of the ITC to the International Test Center Network (ITCN) in Switzerland late last year.
The ITCN is a global consortium of facilities conducting research and development on carbon capture technologies. The network has considerable knowledge to share and expressed interest in collaborating with the ITC moving forward. The ITCN was formed by the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama and the Technology Centre Mongstad in Mongstad, Norway with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer from carbon capture test facilities around the world. The ITCN includes facilities in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Norway and the United Kingdom.
ITC draws international attention
The $21 million Integrated Test Center under construction at Basin Electric Corp.’s Dry Fork Station power plant north of Gillette is already generating an international buzz before even a single minute of research has been logged in the facility.