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Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines (Second Edition)

  • Author: UN, ECE
  • Publication date: April 2017
  • Page count: 106
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 17.II.E.1

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ISBN: 9789211171211
ISBN: 9789210599467

About the product

Today coal supplies around 30 per cent of global primary energy and 40 per cent of global electricity. Coal extraction has become increasingly challenging as shallow reserves are exhausted and deeper seams, with significant content of methane, are mined. Societies are demanding and expecting safer mine working conditions, and greater environmental stewardship from the coal industry. The global coal industry, national governments, trade unions, and worker safety advocates are concerned that the frequency and severity of methane explosions, especially in emerging economies, are unacceptably high. The application of best practices for methane drainage and use is critical to reduce methane-related accidents and explosions that all too often accompany coal mining, while also contributing to environmental protection through reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.