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  Coal industry review Download Course Brochure
  • Overview of the global coal industry
  • Brief history of coal in Australia
  • Major players, projects, key stakeholders and issues
  Australian coal legislation
  • The legislative framework – key acts and regulations
  • Resources vested in the State (Crown)
  • Exploration permits, development licences, mining leases
  • Development programs and reporting requirements
  • Getting, keeping and ending tenure
  Coal geology
  • What is coal?
  • How is coal formed?
  • Coal macerals and composition
  • Coal seam partings and seam splitting
  • Coal quality and rank
  • Coal types – How and where is coal used?
  • Coal products and by-products

Coal exploration

  • Geological parameters – depth, thickness, continuity, quality
  • Geological factors – stratigraphy, structure and scale
  • Non-geological factors – land access, infrastructure
  • Exploration methods including geophysical surveys and drilling
  Coal quality and core analysis
  • Important coal quality parameters
  • Procedures for sampling drill core and channel samples to determine chemical composition
  • Analyses for thermal coal and metallurgical coal
  Coal deposit modelling
  • Coal deposit modelling, its role in mining – why it’s done and what it achieves
  • Limitations of modelling
  Coal resources, reserves and the JORC code
  • Overview of the JORC Code – history and principles
  • Making the important distinction between resources and reserves
  • Estimation and classification of coal resources
  • Reporting resources and reserves to the stock exchange

Mine planning, design and feasibility

  • The role of mine planning in the coal mining process
  • Selecting a mining method
  • Contractor vs owner operator
  • Economics and risks of mining
  • Getting a project approved

Open cut coal mining

  • Overview of open pit mining.
  • Examples of open pit operations
  • Overview of surface mining equipment including draglines, scrapers, and bucket wheel excavators
  • Drilling and blasting
  • The various staff roles and responsibilities
  • Case examples of different mining methods
  • Environmental issues associated with surface mining

Underground coal mining

  • Examining underground coal mining methods and layouts, including
    > Longwall and longwall top coal caving (LTCC) technology
    > Room and pillar
    > Hydraulic mining
  • Underground mine development
  • Ground and strata control
  • Brief overview of underground equipment
  Coal production and processing
  • Overview of the coal production process
  • Coal processing/beneficiation circuits – crushing, washing, screening, blending, typical equipment
  • Stockpiling, reclaiming, tailings and waste management

Coal materials handling and shipping

  • Coal transportation
  • Scheduling
  • Ports and shipping

The end uses for coal

  • Overview of coal’s use in power generation
  • From coal to steel
    > Manufacturing coke
    > Blast furnaces
  • Brief review of other coal based production processes

New frontiers and issues

  • Overlapping tenure
  • Brief overview of CSG and UCG and their environmental challenges
  • Clean coal – what is it?
  • Role of coal in an increasingly environment conscious world
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