Agreement Reached with Japanese on Clean Coal


"The agreement sets the stage for future information exchanges and research projects."

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Japan Coal Energy Center have a new memorandum of understanding to encourage more cooperation between the province and Japan on technologies respecting clean coal and carbon capture and storage.

Energy and resources minister Bill Boyd and JCOAL chairman Yoshihiko Nakagaki signed the MOU in Tokyo on January 25 during Boyd's resources investment mission to Asia.

The agreement sets the stage for future information exchanges and research projects involving scientists and companies in both jurisdictions, and it could lead to Japanese investment in Saskatchewan carbon capture and storage projects.

Mr. Boyd said that "JCOAL has a great track record in clean coal technology research and Saskatchewan is a world leader in carbon capture and storage technology. It's taken a lot of work on both sides to make this MOU happen, and the relationships we establish through it will help both Saskatchewan and Japan as our industries and utilities work to reduce their environmental footprints."

Saskatchewan is Canada's third largest coal producer, with reserves that will last hundreds of years at current production levels.

Mr. Boyd said that "The technical co-operation coming out of this MOU may well help us unlock some of our province's deeper coal resources, which require new and innovative technologies to be developed."

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