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Coal Industry Basics

1-Day Training Course: THE Essential Overview of Coal. As a newcomer to the coal industry, build your confidence & understanding of its basic concepts, methods & technical language, spanning exploration, geology, mining methods, production & industry issues

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Australian coal mining industry and its value chain
  • Discover coal exploration and the mining legislative framework
  • Learn about coal geology and its implications for exploration and mine design
  • Recognise coal exploration techniques and methods
  • Comprehend deposit modelling, resource/reserve estimation and reporting standards
  • Learn about coal mine planning, development, and project decision making
  • Mining methods , production, processing, tailings and waste, closures
  • Appreciate the use of mining and the role of coal as an energy source
  • Discover new frontiers – CSG, underground coal gasification and clean coal

About the Course

This one-day course will provide new or relatively new entrants into the coal industry with a clear understanding of the fundamentals, workings and components of coal mining, and its application in the Australian and global industry.

You will learn about aspects of coal mining ranging from exploration methods, surface mining and underground mining methods, mine planning, processing, treatment and resource estimation.

Participants will learn about the technical aspects of coal mining ranging from exploration methods, geology, resource estimation, surface and underground mining methods to mine planning, mining methods and mine closures.

You will also gain a sound understanding for the terminology used within the industry and gain knowledge of the factors that influence the industry and the personnel you interact with on a day-to day basis.

Who Will Benefit

This course is designed for people who are new to the coal industry and have limited background experience with coal

For example:

  • Commercial people, management, people moving from other industries into the coal industry
  • Administration roles within coal and related companies
  • People who do business with coal related companies
  • Regulators, policy, investors, financiers, lawyers and analysts of coal projects
  • University graduates/technicians/tradespeople entering the coal industry
  • Companies on the fringe of the coal industry who need a basic understanding

Course Outline

Coal industry review

  • 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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