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Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2017

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Inertisation of coal augering holes

Coal augering is an ideal method for recovering coal from the highwalls of open cut coalmines. Coal augering is a simple process whereby additional flights are added to the auger cutting head and auger holes are drilled at 1.9 m diameter up to 200 metres deep. Traditional monitoring was located at the mouth of the hole and if methane was encountered above twopercent, inert gas was delivered into the mouth of the hole to deplete the oxygen content at the auger cutting head below 12percent. The auger operator was asked the question how do you know that this is the case?' Trials were undertaken to prove that the oxygen content at the cutting head did drop below 12percent (the lowest limit for methane to ignite, also known as the oxygen nose point). Initial trials showed that the oxygen content in the mouth of the hole did not drop below 12percent and modifications were made to hold the inert gases in the mouth of the hole so that the auger flights could take this inert gas into the hole. In-hole monitoring, after completion of mining and after extracting the auger flights, showed that the atmosphere quickly returned to fresh air. In-hole monitoring was also tried during the augering process and yielded valuable results. This paper will discuss the results of the monitoring, information on the gas results obtained and the methodologies used to optimise the oxygen content at the auger face.CITATION:Watkinson, M and Leisemann, B, 2017. Inertisation of coal augering holes, in Proceedings Australian Mine Vent Conference 2017, pp 293-298 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).
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