Governor Mark Gordon is continuing the State of Wyoming's partnership with the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) in a collaborative effort to promote and strengthen the coal industry.

The two entities renewed an MOU in July. The collaboration includes work to develop a Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

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The MOU is for five years, and extends an initial MOU that was signed in 2016 by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of JCOAL.

Last year, Wyoming signed an MOU with JCOAL and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to test their novel solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC. The ongoing project has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with planning for the construction phase continuing.

JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions.

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