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Solvay Opens First Methane Recovery Facility in U.S.

8:11 AM MDT | July 20, 2012 | —Lindsey Bewley

Solvay says it has commissioned North America’s first trona mine methane recovery facility, which is at Green River, WY. The company’s patented methane recovery system captures methane released during the soda ash mining process that would otherwise be vented directly into the atmosphere. Solvay’s process instead directs the methane to be incinerated or be piped to the trona processing facility to recover the thermal energy via combustion. Since its initial testing last year, the project has already removed more than 160,000 m.t. of CO₂...

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