The carbon market and creative financing: the Inlandsis Fund is supporting Vessels Coal Gas to greatly reduce methane emissions from a former coal mine in Pennsylvania.
Montréal, October 23, 2018 – The Inlandsis Fund, established in Québec, and Vessels Coal Gas Inc. (VCG), a Colorado-based firm, have entered into a long-term agreement to dramatically reduce the emissions of methane from the Cambria 33 mine.The mine, which ceased operations in 1994, is located in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.
Methane is the second largest source of greenhouse gases, contributing an estimated 20% to climate change. VCG uses an enclosed combustor to capture and destroy methane emissions from the mine. The project began operating in June 2018.
Creative financing is a critical ingredient
According to David Moffat, CEO of the Inlandsis Fund, “an expertise in financing tied to carbon credits is central to making this project happen.” In this case, the credits are generated in the linked California-Québec carbon markets.
Finding a new way to achieve environmental goals
The project replaces an earlier methane reduction project that recovered the methane for generation of electricity and injection into a nearby natural gas utility pipeline. The drop in natural gas prices forced that project to end in 2015. During that period, VCG captured 624,731 mcf of methane, equivalent to reducing nearly one million tonnes of CO2, the annual emissions from over 210,000 passenger vehicles.
Tom Vessels, CEO and president of VCG, is very pleased at how the technical, financial, and environmental aspects of the current project have aligned for success: “From a technical perspective, our team has over twenty years of experience developing and managing mine methane reduction projects. From a financial perspective, the innovative capital of Inlandsis has been essential to achieving our economic and environmental goals.”
About Vessels Coal Gas Inc. (VCG)
(VCG) is a mine methane capture (MMC) project development firm that has implemented three other MMC projects that have generated offset credits in the WCI carbon market. VCG installed the North Fork Energy LLC Bear Creek Combustors which commenced operations on the abandoned Elk Creek Mine in Colorado in 2017. VCG installed the 3MW LLC electricity generation and the North Fork Energy LLC Elk Creek combustor both on the then active Elk Creek Mine which commenced operations in 2012 and have continued to operate after the mine’s closure in 2016. All three Colorado projects have together captured 3,285,445 mcf of methane, equivalent to over five million tonnes of CO2, the annual emissions from over 1,100,000 passenger vehicles. Vessels Cambria 33 Resources LLC (VCG 33), a subsidiary of VCG, was created in 2007 to develop the Cambria 33 MMC project. It is responsible for operating and overseeing the current methane combustion project.
The Inlandsis Fund was established by Fondaction, a 1.9 billion dollar labour-sponsored fund based in Montreal (QC), and Coop Carbone in 2017 with a shared commitment to harness markets to address climate change. Capitalized by Fondaction, Inlandsis is the only Canadian fund, and one of a handful globally, that exclusively finances carbon emission reductions. It offers a unique project finance solution that provides upfront capital in return for carbon credits – a critical innovation for making many carbon reduction projects a reality. The Fund deploys a variety of financing structures and is able to quickly close investments. Its growing portfolio includes 25 projects in Alberta and linked California & Quebec carbon markets.
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David Moffat, CEO
The Inlandsis Fund