Methane Control in an Advancing Section of an Underground Coal Mine.
Hagood DW; Pate RC; Stevenson JW
NTIS: PB/84-185057 Available for Reference At Bureau of Mines Libraries :39 pages
The drilling of horizontal boreholes as a means of degasification in advance of mining was tried at the Jim Walter Resources, Inc., No. 4 Mine. In a joint venture with the Bureau of Mines, a series of horizontal boreholes were drilled in the panels of an advancing continuous miner section. The combined methane gas production rate ranged from 205,000 to 680,000 cfd with individual in-seam horizontal holes producing up to 332,000 cfd. The methane liberation from the ribs for the entire panel length decreased from an average 8.75 to 4.05 Cfm per 100 ft of entry, a 54% reduction. The gas concentration as measured at the surface discharge point normally ranges from 85% to 95% methane. As a result of the significant reduction in methane liberation rates, a 50% increase in productivity from the section was realized.
CP; Final Contract Report;
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NTIS: PB/84-185057. Available for Reference At Bureau of Mines Libraries.
Jim Walter Resources, Inc.