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China University of Mining and Technology

The China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) was founded in 1909. It is a national key university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China. It is a Project 211 and Project 985 Innovation Platform university.

In 2012, Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranked CUMT in the top 1% of global universities and research institutions for its engineering science. CUMT is ranked as the best mining university in China.

CUMT focuses its research, particularly in science and technology, on pushing developments and establishing solutions to the security and environmental problems in the coal energy industry.

Areas of accomplished research

CUMT has achieved an impressive portfolio of scientific and technological accomplishments in:

  • Green coal mining technology
  • Security technology in coal mines
  • Mining and engineering in the deep underground
  • Clean coal processing technology
  • Eco-restoration technology in mining areas
  • Coal-replacing oil technology
  • Unmanned coal mining equipment
  • Digital mine technology

Development of pioneering technologies

CUMT is currently pioneering the development of technology in various fields of energy as well as initiating larger studies in:

  • The coal-to-oil industry
  • Coal bed methane/ gas power generation
  • Exploitation of residual coal resources
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and geological storage
  • Wind power technologies
  • Photovoltaic energy material

Research Facilities 

The CUMT has established notable laboratory facilities including:

  • 2 State Key Laboratories; Geomechanics and Deep Underground Engineering, and Coal Resources and Safe Mining
  • 2 National Engineering Laboratory
  • 2 National Research Centers
  • 18 Provincial and Ministerial level key laboratories

it is currently involved with five small and large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) injection test sites.

CO2 Capture and Storage 
A CO2 capture and storage (CCS) project, started in 2010, to inject 0.1Mt CO2/ yr into the Ordos formation under Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Owned by the Shenhua Group it is China’s first pilot CCS project for deep saline aquifer storage.

It has a pilot scale storage capacity of 0.1Mt CO2/ yr increasing to a full-scale operational storage capacity of 1Mt CO2/ yr by 2020.

The CO2 is captured from the coal liquefaction plant, transported via an onshore pipeline and injected into a deep saline aquifer located underneath the coal plant. Multi-layered injection and layer-by-layer monitoring is used.

This CCS project has successfully demonstrated the whole CCS chain.


CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
CUMT has access to two oilfields implementing CO2 EOR pilot projects specifically developing the large-scale industrialisation of EOR. These are the Yanchang oil field in Shanxi province and the Shengli oil field in Shandong province.


Coal Bed Methane (CBM) 
The Shanxi province in China has huge potential for CBM. The two available test sites for CUMT use are located in the Qinshui county and Zhangzi county.

The targeted coal seam in Qinshui county is at a depth of 300 -800m and has over 100 producing wells to monitor the CBM production and quality.

The targeted coal seam in Zhangzi county is at a depth of 900 – 1000m with three CO2 injection wells and 12 producing wells for monitoring.


UK-China Partnership: 111 Project

CUMT is engaged in a five year project with the University of Nottingham known as the 111 Project. This is a program to facilitate collaborative research and staff exchanges focusing on geomechanics and underground engineering.

Those engaged in GERC can choose to be seconded to CUMT to help strengthen international collaborative research efforts. You can read more about the University of Nottingham's involvement with the 111 project here.

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