A professional development course focussing on coal seam gas reservoir assessment in coal mining got underway in Sydney for the first time yesterday.
The courses, convened by Runge, are intended to educate coal mine managers and engineers about the coal seam production process and the nature of the emissions.
Runge training consultant Margaret Calder told MINING DAILY that this course was a recent development that had previously only been held in Brisbane.
“It is a fairly new course that we started last year, but we have already had around 40 or 50 people attend this Sydney seminar,” she said.
“This is the first course in this field that focuses more towards fugitive mine emissions and the problems involved with gas reservoirs in underground mines.
“Most of other seminars look at the commercial side of coal seam gas usage and extraction, while this is supposed to help attendees understand their carbon footprints.”
According to Calder, the course is designed to give participants a foundation to assess and interpret information from the gas.
“We are trying to get people to understand the principles of reservoir gas assessment from measurement right through to analysis and application,” she said.
“This includes gas quality and content measurement, laboratory testing, geological issues and emissions modelling.”
The Sydney course concludes today.
Another course will be held in Brisbane from 9 to 10 December 2009.