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Coalbed Methane & Coal Geology

Product Code: SP109
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R. Gayer and I. Harris
Publication Date: 02 April 1996
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Resources of coalbed methane (CBM), methane trapped within the porous system of coal, are many times greater than the collective reserves of all the known conventional gas fields. Yet only in the United States has this energy source been tapped. As coal is both the source rock and the reservoir for CBM there is a major paradox, whereby, in order for gas sourced by the coal not to have migrated, the coal must either be sealed or possess very low permeability. And yet for the coal bed to be an effective reservoir the gas must readily migrate into the production well. The solution to this paradox lies in a wide-ranging understanding of the geology of coal, and this volume aims to provide some of the answers.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-897799-56-X
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-897799-56-7
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 344
Weight: 0.84 kg


Coalbed methane resources in USA & Europe • Coalbed methane in the United States - Analogues for worldwide development • Coalbed methane potential of some Variscan foredeep basins • Geological controls on coalbed gas prospectivity in part of the North Staffordshire coalfield, UK • Coal thickness distributions on the UK continental shelf • Assessment of the West German hardcoal resource and its relation to coalbed methane • Main factors controlling CBM distribution in the Ruhr district, Germany • Opportunities for the development and utilization of coalbed methane in three coal basins in Russia and Ukraine • Coal as a reservoir • Coal clasts in the upper Westphalian sequence of the South Wales coal basin: implications for the timing of maturation and fracture permeability • Thrust related permeability in the South Wales coalfield • Nature and origin of fractures in Permian coals from the Bowen basin, Queensland, Australia • Cleat mineralization of Upper Permian Baralaba/Rangal Coal Measures, Bowen basin, Australia • Coal microstructure and its effect on methane recovery • Enhanced methane desorption characteristics from South Wales anthracites affected by tectonically induced fracture sets • Model study of the influence of matrix shrinkage on absolute permeability of coal bed reservoirs • Characterization of anthracite • Measuring of gas permeability in coal and clastic sedimentary rocks under triaxial stress conditions • Relationship between the hydrogen content of coal and the lithological characteristics of rocks overlying the coal seam • Coal geological studies related to coalbed methane • Analysis of the problems associated with the use of image analysis for microlithotype analysis on solid coal mounts • Petrological and spectroscopic structural characteristics of Bohemian and Moravian coals and their possible relation to gas proneness • A coal depositional model, based on petrological studies of the Zacler Formation, Lower Silesian coal basin, SW Poland • Minerals and major elements in density separated coal fractions from Point of Ayr coal, Wales • Mineralogy, geochemistry and pyrite content of Bulgarian subbituminous coals, Pernik basin • Subsurface correlation of Carboniferous coal seams and inter-seam sediments using palynology: application to exploration for coalbed methane • Coal geology, chemical and petrographical characteristics, and implications for coalbed methane development of subbituminous coals from the Sorgun and Suluova basins in Turkey


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