Document Type : Case Study
1 HSE Management of Eastern Alborz Coal Mines Company, Shahrood, Iran/ Faculty of Mining, Petroleum & Geophysics Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran
2 Faculty of Mining, Petroleum & Geophysics Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran
The presence of methane in coal mines is one of the major problems in underground coal mines. Every year, in underground coal mines, a lot of casualties due to outbursts and explosions of methane gas is occurring. Existence of this gas in the mines not only creates a difficult and dangerous situation for work but also makes it more expensive. The release of this gas to the air causes a further pollution of the atmosphere and increases the greenhouse gases in the air. Thus Coal Bed Methane (CBM) drainage before, during, and after coal mining is necessary. Accordingly, the CBM drainage can reduce the risks involved in these mines. In the past decade, CBM has offered a significant potential to meet the ever-growing energy demand and can decrease the disastrous events. In this research work, the CBM potential in Eastern Kelariz, Western Razmja, Bornaky, Bozorg, Razzi, and Takht coal mines of Eastern Alborz coal mines company is investigated using the rock engineering systems (RES) based on the intrinsic and geological parameters. Nine main parameters are considered for modeling CBM, and the interactions between these parameters are calculated by a proposed system. Based on the RES method, the parameters that are dominant (depth of cover) or subordinate (gas content) and also the parameters that are interactive are introduced. The proposed approach could be a simple but efficient tool in the evaluation of the parameters affecting CBM, and hence be useful in decision-making. The results obtained show that Razzi coal mine has a good potential to perform CBM drainage.