CoMeth is structured into 10 work packages. Eight work packages (WP1 – WP8) are related to technical issues; one work package is dedicated to dissemination activities and one work package comprises the project management.


The activities in the eight technical work packages can be divided into three main parts: In work package 1 (WP1) legal and administrative conditions in seven European countries with major coal deposits (PL, CZ, RU, UA, RO, KZ and UK) will be analysed and compared against each other. Energy, mining and environmental legislation has to be studied in detail. Further, the economical situation, aspects of implementing the emissions trading procedure and additional requirements where necessary will be considered.

WP2 deals with the identification, analysis and critical comparison of already available CMM utilisation technologies. Each technology will be studied and described regarding the requirements for its implementation (CMM quality and amount) and the obtained products.

WP3 and WP4 concentrate on the development and testing of an innovative utilisation of high methane containing CMM gases for LNG production as a vehicle fuel. Therefore, WP3 includes the design of a demonstration plant for a site in Poland. WP3 comprises not only the technical design of the test rig, but also all administrative and economic procedures needed. Special attention will be given to the participation of such projects in emissions trading. Finally, the technical feasibility of LNG production from CMM will be demonstrated by the test rig in WP4.

WP5 and WP6 focus on the elaboration of an innovative utilisation method of low- methane CMM gases including design and testing at a site in Russia. Thus, a specific firing system will be developed allowing the utilisation of explosive gas mixtures. With respect to the activities in the Ukraine, WP5 deals with the investigation of the technical, administrative and economic issues. The implementation will be executed in WP6.

WP7 aims at the identification of CMM utilisation potential as well as at the development of concepts for the energetic use of CMM in Kazakhstan, including technical and economic topics. Besides the evaluation and analysis of available statistical data on CMM, the package comprises the installation of a mobile test sucking station at one or two promising locations. Additionally, the technical requirements for the installation of a CMM combustion system tailored to the energy demand and supply structures of the chosen sucking sites will be investigated. In parallel, economic issues specifically regarding the implementation of emissions trading projects have to be resolved. However, as Kazakhstan has ratified the Kyoto protocol but is not yet accepted by COP/MOP (Conference of the Parties / Meeting of the Parties), discussion with politicians and information about the emissions trading structures are another important task within this work package.

WP8 summarizes all information to formulate decision guidelines for CMM utilisation. These decision guidelines are due to support potential investors in identifying the optimum solution for CMM utilisation under given technical, legal and economic conditions.