Monthly Archives: January 2014

Coal Exploration

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Coal reserves are discovered through exploration activities. The process usually involves creating a geological map of the area, then carrying out geochemical and geophysical surveys, followed by exploration drilling. This allows an accurate picture of the area to be developed. The area will only ever become a mine if it is large enough and of Continue Reading

Top Energy Stories of 2013

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The Members of the World Coal Association (WCA) have voted coal surpassing oil as the top global fuel by 2020 as the most important news story in the energy sector in 2013. In a survey of 2013’s top news stories, WCA Members – who include coal producers, equipment manufacturers and a network of associations – agreed that Continue Reading

COAL: Resource | Reserves | Proved Reserves

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Resource The amount of coal that may be present in a deposit or coalfield. This does not take into account the feasibility of mining the coal economically. Not all resources are recoverable using current technology. Reserves Reserves can be defined in terms of proved (or measured) reserves and probable (or indicated) reserves. Probable results have Continue Reading

World’s Main Fossil Fuel Reserves

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It has been estimated that there are over 861 billion tonnes of proven coal reserves worldwide. This means that there is enough coal to last us around 112 years at current rates of production. In contrast, proven oil and gas reserves are equivalent to around 46 and 54 years at current production levels. Coal reserves Continue Reading