The Wyoming Integrated Test Centre near Gillette is to test carbon capture technologies that have been developed in Japan, according to Governor Matt Mead.
It has been announced that the Japanese Ministry of Environment has agreed to allow the Japanese Coal Energy Centre and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to use its facilities to conduct testing, which will include an investment of between $7.3 million and $9.1 million.
Planning and design work will take place this year between the partnership while a test site at the Wyoming facility is built.
In a statement, Mead said the research will help to position the Wyoming Integrated Test Centre as a world class facility for testing carbon capture technologies.
President Donald Trump has already expressed his support for the industry, which he says will create jobs and wealth to the people of Wyoming.
Last year, state authorities said they hope the state “becomes the Silicon Valley of carbon control technology”.
Meanwhile, Cloud Peak Energy announced earlier this year that it will export coal from a Montana mine to Japan to power two of its new plants with shipments to start late next year.