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Working in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, a 120 megawatt (MW) coal mine methane power facility is producing electricity in China based on the results of a USTDA-funded study. This power facility includes over $56 million in exports of U.S.-manufactured goods and services from across the United States.

The project was designed to further Chinese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mine safety and increase the capacity of the local power grid. Under the grant agreement, SCS Engineers (Long Beach, CA) defined equipment specifications for the project and facilitated the evaluation of bids by suppliers.

The results of the USTDA-funded assistance provided the Asian Development Bank the necessary documentation that led to the award of a contract to Caterpillar, Inc. of Peoria, Illinois for U.S.-manufactured gas engines and other equipment and services associated with the project.

Following the success of this project, Caterpillar was selected to provide an additional 31 methane gas-powered generator sets to produce an additional 54MW of power at the Cheng Zhuang and Mei Gan Shi coal mines in Shanxi Province. "These projects are major steps forward in China's road to sustainable development and demonstrates the benefits of positive bilateral trade relations between the United States and China," said Rich Lavin, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Asia.