Mohanty, Debadutta and Chattaraj, Sujoy and Singh, Ajay Kumar (2018) Influence of coal composition and maturity on methane storage capacity of coals of Raniganj Coalfield, india. International Journal of Coal Geology , 196. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0166-5162

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Methane generation primarily depends on the quantity, type and structure of kerogens and is controlled by temperature to which the precursor material is subjected over the geologic time whereas the gas-in-place depends on the storage capacity and burial history. The Raniganj Coalfield of India hosts significant reserves of good quality coals of Permian age belonging to two formations, Barakar and Raniganj. The adsorption characteristics of the nine regional (R-I to R-IX) and three local seams from Raniganj Formation of south-western part of the coalfield is thoroughly investigated in the light of reflectance, petrography and chemical composition for their CBM potential. Ash (A), moisture (M), volatile matter (VM) and fixed carbon (FC) of these coals range within 12.8–37.3%, 1.1–4.0%, 31.7–51.1% (daf) and 48.9–68.3% (daf), respectively. Carbon (C) varies within the range 77.0–86.8% (dmmf) and reflectance (Rr) within 0.62–0.87%. The coals are high volatile gas prone orthohydrous bituminous type. Both C and Rr increase, and M and VM decrease with depth. Vitrinite ranges mostly within 64.5–85.5%, inertinite 4.8–24.1% and liptinite below 15%, on mineral matter free basis. Most of the samples fall in Type-III kerogen and few are transitional to Type-II and Type-III. Gas content of the samples lies between 3.08 and 14.96 cc/g, on daf basis and generally increases with depth. Langmuir volume (VL) for the coals varies between 17.4 and 29.8 cc/g (daf) and exhibits a moderately positive linear relationship with increase in depth (R2 = 0.58). Reflectance shows a strong linear positive relationship (R2 = 0.70) with Langmuir volume indicating the development of additional micropores with rank enhancement, thereby providing more surface area for adsorption. Gas content results are encouraging though the seams are considerably undersaturated. A very good correlation is observed for the combined effect of ash, moisture and carbon on volume adsorbed for the studied coals and can be used to predict adsorption capacity from compositional data.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CBM Permian Reflectance Maceral Gas content Adsorption
Subjects: Methane Emission and Degasification
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2018 12:00
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 12:00

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