Document Type: Case Study

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1 Department of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 Research & Training Department, Tabas Parvadeh Coal Company (TPCCO), Tabas, Iran

Abstract

Methane gas emission, accumulation, and explosion are the most important risk factors in underground coal mines. Hence, having a knowledge of methane gas emission potential in underground coal mines is of crucial importance in preventing the explosion risk, loss of life, and property, and providing miners' safety. The purpose of this work is to provide the prediction maps for the C1, C2, and B2 coal seams gas contents, and to identify high gas content panels in the Parvadeh No. 1, Tabas coal mine. For this, the data collected from exploratory boreholes is put into geostatistical analysis in ArcGIS in order to estimate the coal seams gas content in unsampled points using the kriging estimation method. Reviewing the gas content maps has revealed that seams of C1, B2, and C2 have gas contents more than 15 cubic meters per ton in about 84%, 55%, and 22% of the understudied area, respectively. The present work highlights the potential and the need for implementation of a methane pre-drainage system, particularly in deeper longwall panels.

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