The State of Wyoming, Japan Coal Energy Centre (JCOAL) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a carbon capture test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Centre in Gillette.

Through the MoU, Wyoming will work with JCOAL and KHI on the joint project that will test a novel solid sorbent carbon capture technology at the test centre.

KHI has been in the planning and design phases for this test since 2018. Now complete, the project is moving into the construction phase, with KHI expected to be onsite at the centre in 2021. 

The State of Wyoming and JCOAL have been working together since 2016, when former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of JCOAL, signed an initial MoU committing to cooperating in coal research and development of technologies and coal trade.

JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and is supported by more than 120-member coal-related businesses.