Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources No. 36 of 2008 - Coal Bed Methane Commercial Utilisation

Last updated: 5 February 2020

Establishes coal bed methane (CBM) as a strategic natural resource, a national asset controlled by the state.


If commercial coal mining companies or individuals find CBM as a by-product and flare it, they must "obtain the approval of the Minister." (Art 30.)


States that the utilisation of CBM shall be prioritised to meet the domestic need for energy (Art 31).


No provisions for reducing emissions of CBM from a safety or climate perspective.


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