SGS and Raven Ridge Resources are pleased to announce a Cooperation Agreement to provide integrated coalbed methane (CBM) and coal mine methane (CMM) consultancy and services capability. SGS’s proven capabilities in coal analysis (Minerals Services) as well as gas analysis, subsurface consultancy and well side services (Oil, Gas and Chemicals Services), allows the company to provide global field and lab analysis services to complement Raven Ridge Resources’ CBM and CMM technical expertise.

The SGS / Raven Ridge team has the capability to fully measure and define methane production potential contained in coalbeds and surrounding strata. This includes the ability to:

  • Delineate, map and quantify the gas resources and reserves associated with coal;
  • Forecast CBM and CMM production potential;
  • Design CMM projects and assist in establishing greenhouse gas accounting measures to qualify for emission credits created from methane recovered, used/destroyed and hence not liberated during the coal mining life cycle; and,
  • Recommend best practices for CMM drainage in underground coal mines to promote safe and healthy working conditions.

This collaboration is grounded in the complementary services offered globally by each company and combines market leading technical expertise, operational excellence and proven performance in all phases of CBM and CMM work.

Globally, SGS offers a wide range of services to the minerals sector including geochemical analysis, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy, plant engineering, advanced systems, water treatment and trade services. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit SGS Mining.


Raven Ridge Resources is a premium provider of CBM and CMM consulting services covering the full range of field testing, laboratory analysis and the technical capacity to fully analyze and define resources and reserves and the economic potential derived from extraction and use. Since Raven Ridge’s inception in 1987 its founders and employees have worked in gassy coal basins worldwide to make unconventional energy commonplace.

For more information, please contact:
Michael Evans
Global Vice President Energy Minerals
SGS Minerals Services
6805 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 220
Dallas, TX 75205,  USA
t : +1 972 768 3785

Raymond C. Pilcher
Raven Ridge Resources
584 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505, USA
t: +1 970 245 4088


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.