Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines

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Coal mines are not only a safety management challenge but also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Methane release during coal mining creates unsafe working conditions in underground coal mines around the world. This Guidance is intended to provide a genuine contribution to improve mine safety practices at active underground coal mines, by supporting safer mining practices to reduce fatalities, injuries, and property losses, while encouraging the use of coal mine methane (CMM) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and utilize otherwise –wasted energy resources.

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Case studies

The following case studies provide readers with seven examples where the best practices discussed in this guidance document have been implemented at operating mines around the world. Case Studies 1-3 discuss the assessment, planning, and methane management practices implemented at three longwall mines to address methane control problems. Case Study 4 addresses reduction of explosion risks at room-and-pillar mines. In Case Study 5, methane capture and utilisation for power generation is examined. Case Study 6 and 7 focus on VAM abatement and utilisation.

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