Coal Mines

Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar

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Date4–6 September 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
Industry Sector: Coal Mines
The Australian Government''s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) hosted the Coal Mining Methane Abatement Seminar on 4-6 September 2012. The GMI Coal Subcommittee meeting was held in conjunction with this meeting on 5 September 2012. The seminar was intended to connect the Australia coal industry with domestic and international coal mine methane (CMM) abatement technology providers, provide greater information for the Australian industry on future international investment opportunities, and promote Australia''s expertise and technologies relevant to CMM recovery and use. In 2012, Australia released its Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package (CMATSP)—a $70 million set aside to invest in technologies and research and development—focused on reducing fugitive methane emissions from coal mining. Part of the seminar''s focus was to determine how to allocate these funds.

Presentations: View some of the presentation slides from the seminar below.

Session 1: Policy Drivers and International Actions
• Preferential Policy and International Action of CBM/CMM Development in China, Sun Qinggang (PDF, 20 pp, 2.4 MB)

Session 2: Avoiding Methane Emissions in Ventilation Air
• Gas Capture Maximisation Approach for Avoiding Methane Emissions in Ventilation Air, Rao Balusu (PDF, 24 pp, 604 KB)
• Role of Coal Seam Gas Industry in Supporting Pre-Drainage of Coal Seams Ready for Mining, Derek Hannigan and Bill Koppe (PDF, 15 pp, 1.6 MB)
• U.S. Industry Experience in Pre-Drainage, Ray Pilcher (PDF, 27 pp, 4.5 MB)

Session 3: Progress in Developing Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) Technologies
• A Technical Overview of VAM Mitigation Technology Platforms, Behdad Moghtaderi (PDF, 25 pp, 1.1 MB)
• Lean Gas Burn Turbine System, Yoshihiro Yamasaki (PDF, 18 pp, 2.5 MB)
• VAM Regenerative After Burner Technology, Rodney Peet (PDF, 15 pp, 1.8 MB)

Session 4: Waste Coal Mine Gas Power Station Project Experience
• Experience in Managing and Operating Waste Coal Mine Gas Power Stations, Experience in Using VAM and Ways Forward, Keith Barker (PDF, 21 pp, 576 KB)
• WestVAMP and China Project, Richard Mattus (PDF, 59 pp, 6.6 MB)

Session 5: Health, Safety and Regulatory Requirements and Processes
• Queensland Coal Mines Safety, Ken Singer (PDF, 16 pp, 917 KB)

Session 6: Measuring and Monitoring Emissions
• Advances in Measuring Emission from Open Cut Coal Mines, Andrew Feitz (PDF, 24 pp, 2.3 MB)