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Wyoming Gov. Mead signs MOU with Japan Coal Energy Center

Wyoming's Republican Gov. Matt Mead has signed a memorandum ofunderstanding with Japan Coal Energy Center concerning coal trade, clean-coal solutionsand carbon capture and storage.

"I am excited to partner with JCOAL and their member businessesto developing carbon solutions for the benefit of the world and in exploring waysto ship Wyoming's coal to Japan. This partnership has great promise for Wyoming,"Mead said in a release.

JCOAL operates under Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industryand is supported by more than 120 businesses with interests in coal. Some of thesecompanies include Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, NipponSteel and Toshiba Corp.

The MOU involves technical cooperation, research and development,information exchange and the facilitation of coal exports and sales. JCOAL willwork with the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and theWyoming Business Council.

"Japan is a leader in clean-coal power. Japan is lookingto diversify its coal resources supply chain," said Mead.