THE MINING, TECHNICAL, LEGAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS OF UNDERGROUND COAL GASIFICATION – CASE STUDY KHW S.A. HARD COAL MINE “WIECZOREK”

World Mining Congress
This paper describes the key circumstances of the underground coal gasification (UCG) process, which is planned to be carried out in the Polish hard coal mine “Wieczorek”. The construction and field tests of a UCG pilot plant have key issues that need to be addressed to realize the research project goal: the elaboration of a highly effective technology of fuel and electricity production. The project will conduct several monthly tests of gasification in the pilot geo-reactor, which will be constructed based on the results of laboratory tests. The realization of the process requires numerous appropriately prepared actions adjusted to natural conditions in the hard coal deposit. Based on scientific principles, it is necessary to elaborate the procedures related to the location of the UCG installation (including its legal and safety aspects), and to perform a technical risk analysis. In addition, it is necessary to determine the required mining, geological, technical, economic and organizational circumstances, while at the same time considering the real but constantly changing process conditions.
Keywords: Gasification; mining; Hazard; Processes; Process; Pipeline; Pipelines; Underground; Mines;
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