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Hot spotEmissions of greenhouse gases from Pechora coal basin / Vorkuta district (Old name of the hot spot: Greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere in the Vorkuta coal field)
RegionRepublic of Komi
SectorIndustrial sector
Reason for being a hot spotCoal industry is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Coal-mining industry has emitted into the atmosphere 74.2% of total methane, emitted in the Republic of Komi in 2002.
Status in elimination procedureIn assessment
Environmental status in 2003 reportEmission to air 236 756 t/year of hydrocarbons (methane) in Vorkuta
Present statusEmission to air 199 m3/year of non-utilised methane at the mines.
Joint projects 
Actions doneMethane is partially utilized in boilers of the mines for heating. At the Severnaya mine, an investment project for utilisation of methane for heat and electricity production has been realised. Plan is to utilise 20 000 t of methane per year.
OwnerOJSC Vorkutaugol
wwwUl. Lenina 62, Vorkuta