Solvay Chemicals has commissioned North Americas first
trona mine methane recovery facility, the company said on
The methane recovery system (MaRS) captures methane
liberated during the mining process that would otherwise be
vented directly into the atmosphere and instead directs it to
either be incinerated, or piped to the trona processing
facility to recover the thermal energy via combustion.
MaRS is a patent pending, closed-loop design. Since its
initial testing last year, the project has already removed more
than 160,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) from the
atmosphere, the company said.
By safely removing, incinerating and/or beneficially
using the waste gas from our mining operations, Böel
commented, this facility puts into practice the values of
our founder, Ernest Solvay, who believed deeply that science
and technology are the keys to advancing
mankinds condition and meeting the global challenges our
Starting in 2009, Solvay has invested nearly $4 million into
designing, constructing and testing the facility, the company
said, and has worked in close cooperation and consultation with
the federal and state offices of the Bureau of Land Management
and Environmental Protection Agency to implement the technology.
It has the ultimate capacity to remove 300,000 tpy of
Solvay has registered its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and
carbon offset credits through the Climate Action Reserve, which
independently verifies and issues the facilitys
The Solvay Group has done a tremendous service for the
trona industry in Wyoming, said US Representative Cynthia
Lummis, who attended the commissioning ceremony.
This kind of innovation is crucial for the advancement
and durability of trona mining as well as the communities and
environment surrounding their operations.