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DEC 2017

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14 December 2017 news continued c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s January 28-31, 2018: 44 th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Web: February 7-9, 2018: 36 th Annual World Trade and Transport Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. Contact: Web: February 25-28, 2018: 2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contact: Web: March 19-22, 2018: Electric Power, Gaylord Opryland Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: Web: April 23-25, 2018: Coal Processing Technology (CoalProTec 2018), Heritage Hall, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Mel Laurila, executive director, Coal Preparation Society of America (CPSA), Tel: 859-797-9118; Email:; Web: May 6-9, 2018: Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM 2018), Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, BC Canada. Contact: Web: associated with the site, is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The Brayton Point facility was one of 10 power generation facilities purchased by Dynegy from Energy Capital Partners in April 2015. The decision to retire the 1,488-megawatt, coal-fu- Peabody named Paul Richard as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. He spent nearly 15 years as vice president of human resources for Shaw In- dustries Group. He also served as a human resources leader for 19 years at Ferro Corp. Peabody also promoted Patrick Forkin to senior vice president, corporate develop- ment. Forkin previously served as vice president of strategy and global energy analytics. SunCoke Energy Partners GP LLC announced that Frederick A. Henderson has decided to retire as chairman, CEO and president, and that Michael G. Rippey has been appointed as chairman, CEO and president. Rippey is currently serving as a senior ad- visor to Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. and was previously chairman of ArcelorMittal USA. Westmoreland Coal Co. announced that Kevin Paprzycki is stepping down from his position as CEO. Paprzycki served in this position since 2015. The board of directors appointed Michael "Hutch" Hutchinson, Au- dit Committee chairman and current member of the board, to serve as the interim CEO while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. Paul Richard m p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s Patrick Forkin Michael G. Rippey eled facility, which was commissioned in 1963, was made prior to Dynegy's purchase of the facility. The plant ceased operations at the end of May. Battelle Completes Mountaineer CCS Project One of the first tests for geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) at a commercial, coal-fired power plant has concluded, more than 15 years after it began, completing a journey from an initial exploratory well to successful operations and site closure. Battelle started the carbon capture and storage (CCS) re- search project at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia, in 2002 with research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technol- ogy Laboratory (NETL). Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20-megawatt (MW ) pilot test facility, with on- site CO 2 capture, compression, transport and injection. Battelle was hired by AEP to continue providing the geologic storage expertise. CO 2 was injected from 2009 to 2011 into two in- jection zones. This was followed by a post-injection monitoring and site closeout phase ending in 2017. "The geologic storage program was essential for proving the CO 2 storage capacity, injectivity and safe containment at a working power plant," said Neeraj Gupta, Battelle senior research leader. "It was the first CCS project at a working coal-fired power plant, it was funded primarily by private sources, it was a cradle- to-grave project, and we showed it could be done, especially in the Appalachian Basin region, which is so reliant on fossil fuels." The Mountaineer project helped establish the technical viability of CCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal- fired power plants, and to store CO 2 in geologic layers with limited prior data. It addressed the science and field operation aspects, which are crucial for future deployment of the CCS technologies. The combination of field monitoring and modeling proved that the injected CO 2 stayed in a small region near the injection wells, as predicted by the models. This was instrumental in obtaining regulatory approvals to plug the wells and achieve site closure, fol- lowing six years of post-injection monitoring. It also expanded the storage resource estimates of the Appalachian Basin region, with identification of new regional targets zones for geologic storage. The project demonstrated the full life-cycle, from inception, characterization well-drilling to find suitable storage zones, res- ervoir analysis, integration with pilot-scale system for a CO 2 sup- ply, injection, storage assessment, monitoring and final close- out. There were more than 200,000 hours of safe operations by Battelle staff and dozens of contractors. Battelle also served as lead geologic storage contractor for the assessment of commercial scale-up, after a competitive selection process. As a part of this effort, Battelle drilled a new well 2 miles from the plant to confirm the continuity of storage horizons. "The Mountaineer project and the extensive work thatwas done from 2002 to 2017 was not only successful, but highly useful to learning first-hand about the implementation and operation of CCS under realistic conditions," said Matt Usher, director of new technology development and policy support for AEP. "We are pleased with the results and the strong relationships that this project forged with Battelle and all others involved."

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