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Workshop: Coal Mine Methane as a Valuable Energy Source

28 February 2018

Hotel QUBUS, Cracow, Poland

(Pictures source: Szkoła Eksploatacji Podziemnej)


Coal Mine Methane (CMM) is a readily available, alternative source of energy that can be used for electricity and heat generation. In line with the ever-stricter international environmental regulations, a possibility of introducing a future tax on methane emissions has already been discussed. Should such measure ever materialize, an effective capture and use of CMM, benefits of which are currently appreciated only by a few, would become an economically-dictated necessity for all operators of gassy mines.

However, an effective capture and use of CMM is beneficial not only in fiscal terms. Advantages of utilizing recovered methane rather than venting it to the atmosphere are multidimensional:

  • economical, because CMM can serve as an alternative and easily available resource for energy and heat generation,
  • environmental, due to the fact that methane is a potent pollutant significantly contributing to the greenhouse effect, and 
  • social, for lowering emissions not only improves the quality of life in mining areas, but also contributes to job preservation in a rapidly declining coal sector (by providing a new activity, and thus also a new direct or indirect source of income to mine operators).

In this context, UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in Poland (ICE-CMM in Poland), and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) organized a seminar that was delivered within the framework of the School of Underground Mining (SUM).

While due to complexity of the topic not all aspects of CMM could have been addressed during the session, the following subject-matters were discussed:

  • pre-mine drainage,
  • directional drilling,
  • ventilation air methane (VAM),
  • abandoned mine methane (AMM),
  • CMM utilization.

The seminar was well attended by the representatives of important local and international companies and other professionals operating in the fields of CMM and AMM in Poland and abroad, as well as by academicians and students involved in work in the fields in question. A representative of European Commission participated in the event and delivered a presentation. All together 16 presentations were delivered, and one panel discussion was held. The event was positively perceived by the audience, presenters, and the organizers of SUM. Consequently, the latter extended an invitation to the Group of Experts and ICE-CMM in Poland to organize a similar event next year.

More pictures from the session, as well as recordings of the presentations (access code is necessary -  please contact the Secretary of the Group for more details), can be found on the page of the School of Underground Mining dedicated to our workshop (please click the yellow button – „Galeria zdjęć z sesji”).

Document Title  & SymbolENGFRERUS
Agenda PDF
TitleENG
CMM Part
International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in Poland 
Mr. Łukasz Kroplewski, Vice-President of the Management Board, PGNiG - Polish Oil and Gas Company
Mr. Piotr Kasza, Head, Reservoir Stimulation Department, Oil and Gas Institute - National Research Institute
PDF
The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane – goals, activities, achievements
Mr. Michał Drabik, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
PDF
European Commission's projects on Coal Mine Methane and transition of the Coal Sector
Mr. Hervé Martin, Head of Unit 'Coal and Steel', DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
PDF
The efficiency of capturing methane during mining exploitation in Polish conditions
Mr. Marek Borowski, Vice Dean, Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, AGH University of Science and Technology
PDF
Designing the coal panels with high concentration of coal extraction in very gassy coal seams
Mr. Eugeniusz Krause, Scientific Council, GIG - Central Mining Institute
Mr. Jacek Skiba, Chief Specialist, Experimental Mine "Barbara", GIG - Central Mining Institute
Mr. Bartłomiej Jura, Department of Gas Hazard Control, GIG - Central Mining Institute
PDF
New Directions in R&D in order to decrease methane hazard and to increase CMM capture - based on GIG experience
Mr. Jacek Skiba, Chief Specialist, Experimental Mine "Barbara", GIG - Central Mining Institute
Mr. Bartłomiej Jura, Department of Gas Hazard Control, GIG - Central Mining Institute
PDF
New techniques of coal seam panels' pre-drainage - based on "GASDRAIN" project experience
Mr. Janusz Makówka, Head, Department of Rockburst and Rock Mechanics, GIG - Central Mining Institute
Mr. Jacek Skiba, Chief Specialist, Experimental Mine "Barbara", GIG - Central Mining Institute
Mr. Bartłomiej Jura, Department of Gas Hazard Control, GIG - Central Mining Institute 
Mr. Jerzy Król, JSW S.A
Mr. Marian Zmarzły, JSW S.A
PDF
Directional Drilling Solutions for Methane Drainage
Mr. Daniel Brunner, President, REI Drilling Inc
PDF
Perspectives, Obstacles and the Ongoing Developments in Coal Mine Methane and Coal Bed Methane in Georgia 
Mr. Levan Vepkhvadze, Adviser to CEO on Strategic Issues/Member of Board of Directors, Georgian Industrial Group
PDF
The impact of mine methane on coal production and safety of works at DTEK’s mines
Mr. Vadym Miroshnychenko, Head, Degassing and Ventilation Unit, Technical Development Department, Coal Production Directorate DTEK ENERGY
Mr. Oleksiy Zhukovskyy, Manager of Technology and Innovation Unit, Technical Development Department, Coal Production Directorate DTEK ENERGY
PDF
Pre-mine Drainage Part
Pre-mine Drainage of Methane from Coal Seams in the USCB – Geo-Methane Program
Mr. Janusz Jureczka, Director, Upper Silesian Branch, Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute 
Mr. Piotr Kasza, Head, Reservoir Stimulation Department, Oil and Gas Institute - National Research Institute 
Mr. Łukasz Kroplewski, Vice-President of the Management Board, PGNiG - Polish Oil and Gas Company
PDF
CBM Gilowice Project – Workover, Fracturing and Testing
Mr. Janusz Jureczka, Director, Upper Silesian Branch, Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute 
Mr. Piotr Kasza, Head, Reservoir Stimulation Department, Oil and Gas Institute - National Research Institute 
Mr. Łukasz Kroplewski, Vice-President of the Management Board, PGNiG - Polish Oil and Gas Company
PDF
The Character of Development of CBM in Australia: Technical Success Factors
Mr. Scott Thomson, Managing Director, CoalBed Energy Consultants
PDF
AMM Part
Numerical Modelling and Prediction of Abandoned Mine Methane Recovery: Field Application at the Saar Coalfield, Germany
Mr. Sevket Durucan, Professor of Mining and Environmental Engineering, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
PDF
AMM utilization - Experiences of methods for utilizing of low-quality methane as energy source, applicable for abandoned mining methane 
Mr. Åke Kallstrand, Technical Director, Environment, Climate & Energy, Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC
PDF
Case study from Germany on the utilisation of mine gas from abandoned mines 
Mr. Clemens Backhaus, Engineer, A-TEC Anlagentechnik GmbH
Ms. Alina Mróz, CMM Project Developer
PDF