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Technological development and technical transfer

Based on agreements with government of coal-producing countries, JOGMEC helps to ease the tight supply and demand caused by increased demand in coal-producing countries, by demonstrating and diffusing coal-related technologies such as for effectively using low-grade coal. JOGMEC is also strengthening relations with coal-producing countries mainly in Asia such as by transferring coal extraction and security technologies to them.

Technology for efficient utilization of low-grade coal

Source: JGC Corporation

Source: JGC Corporation

About half of the worldʼs recoverable coal reserves are low-grade coal called subbituminous coal and brown coal; their uses are limited because they have high moisture, low calorific value, and a high risk of spontaneous combustion. At the request of Indonesia, one of Japanʼs major coal suppliers, for technological cooperation, JOGMEC conducts experiments to verify technology for producing liquefied fuel called coal slurry using low-grade coal.

Transfer of coal exploration technology project

Training of rescue team(Indonesia)

Training of rescue team(Indonesia)

Many Asian coal-producing countries have been increasing their domestic consumption of coal, and they need to both expand production and ensure security at coal mines. In technical transfer projects, production and security technologies are transferred to coal mine workers in these countries using the knowledge and networks of Japan. JOGMEC also dispatches Japanese engineers to coal-producing countries and gives technical guidance according to local requirements.

Environmental measure project

JOGMEC carries out joint surveys with the government agencies of coal-producing countries on environmental issues that affect the development of coal in coal-producing countries, examines remedial measures and the applicability of Japanese technologies, and conducts experiments. JOGMEC recently conducted a survey on environmental load reduction (improvement of acid soil and afforestation) in Vietnam and confirmed the effectiveness of Japanese technologies.

Afforestation of waste dump in Vietnam

Afforestation of waste dump in Vietnam

Technical support to meet the needs of the operation sites and planned projects

JOGMEC supports solution projects for technical issues at the operations sites where Japanese corporations are involved, and also evaluation of coal mines and F/S of coal mine development projects. This support takes the form of a joint study program between Japanese corporations and JOGMEC. It aims to promote acquiring mining interests by Japanese companies, and also contribute to the stable supply of coal resources to Japan in the future.