Utility planning for coal beneficiation

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 77, No. 865, 1984
DENNIS NIKOLS, TransAlta Utilities Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
Abstract Planning for coal beneficiation in the electric utility industry is relatively complex, involving the coordination of experts and specialists in a broad range of fields, as well as compliance with a wide variety of government regulations.
This paper examines the role of the planner, reviews possible benefits of coal beneficiation, identifies potential problems and illustrates a typical planning schedule.
The steps involved in the planning process are:
Step 1—Bench- and pilot-washability study
Step 2— Wash plant design
Step 3—Power plant and boiler design
Step 4—Mine design
Step 5—Major environmental and technical problems to address.
Keywords: Coal preparation, Coal beneficiation, Electric utility, Tailings, Environmental control, Geotechnical engineering
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