The Mining Challenge of Handling Coal Seam Hydrogen Sulphide
This study addresses Hydrogen Sulphide (H₂S) in coal seams. The objectives of the project were to undertake a comprehensive series of interrelated studies to gain a full understanding of this complex problem. The goal was to understand how, where and why high concentration zones of H₂S occur, how does gas release from the coal mass occur, can concentrations be diluted or neutralised through improved ventilation, water, chemical solution sprays or infusion and can mining approaches be modified to contain the problem efficiently? A multi-disciplined approach was used for related investigations. This paper gives an overview of the properties, occurrence, threshold limits and sources of H₂S. It also provides the methods of predicting in-situ H₂S gas liberation rate that includes the sampling methods and determining H₂S content of coal samples, modelling of the gas within the coal seam and detection and monitoring systems. Finally, to ensure a safe working environment at all times while mining through H₂S zones, different methods of dealing with this gas are discussed.
S. Gillies et al., "The Mining Challenge of Handling Coal Seam Hydrogen Sulphide," Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference, Queensland Mining Industry, Aug 2000.
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Australian Coal Association Research Program
Queensland Oaky Creek Collier
Keywords and Phrases
Coal Seams; Hydrogen Sulphide; Mines
Article - Conference proceedings
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