Coalbed Methane

China’s 11th Five Year Plan (2006-2010) aims to produce 10 billion m³ of coalbed methane / coal mine methane by 2010. CBM extraction volume is targeted at 5 billion m³ from surface wells and 50 million m³ from underground wells. The main drivers behind CBM / CMM development in China are concerns over coal mine safety, environment, and sustainable energy generation…”

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China’s plastics consumption grew at an average rate of 15% per year during 1979-2005, and is expected to maintain strong growth rates up to 2015. Domestic capacity for plastic manufacturing has increased steadily in recent years, but the growth slowed down to 9.3 percent in the first four months of 2009. Double-digit growth is expected to resume with the support of the government stimulus package…”

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The potential value of China’s various mineral reserves accounts for about 12% of the world’s total. In terms of scale and magnitude, the country’s mining industry ranks third in the world. The production of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals has shown a steady growth in recent years. However, the economic crisis brought along a downward trend in production volumes in the first half of 2009…”

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China’s cement output and consumption has been number one in the world since 1985, and Chinese consumption of cement accounts for close to half of global consumption. The applications of cement in China can be split into three main areas: infrastructure construction, new rural construction and real estate…”

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