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Gov. Matt Mead has signed an agreement calling for cooperation between a consortium of Japanese companies and Wyoming experts in researching clean-coal technology. Photo: Greg Goebel via Flickr.

Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed an agreement calling for cooperation between a consortium of Japanese companies and Wyoming experts in researching clean-coal technology.

Mead signed a memorandum of understanding Monday in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. The center represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Mead says he expects to see a conference in Wyoming within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work with researchers from the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources on coal issues.

Wyoming has been pushing to try to gain access to ports in the Pacific Northwest to export coal to Asia. Mead says progress addressing emissions from coal plants could help Wyoming export coal to meet Japanese demand.

In related news, Groundbreaking planned for Wyoming carbon-conversion lab.

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