We have arranged the seminar in order to begin with the fundamental physical properties of this unique substance: how methane is adsorbed onto coal, the movement of methane through coal, and how all this is affected by the presence of moisture and other materials in coal. A few of the chemical and physical tests done on coal will be explained as they relate to the petroleum industry. We'll then move on to a discussion of coal quality with respect to coal rank and type, and how it relates to methane generation, retention and production.

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Stuhec, S., Bures, S., Jordan, G., Marchioni, D., Hulatt, E., Langenberg, C.W., McCandlish, M., Dawson, F.M., Cave, G.J., Kahill, A., Strobl, R.S., Nikols, D.J., Bielenstein, H. and Meyer, R. (1990): Introduction to coal sampling techniques for the petroleum industry: coal bed methane series; Alberta Research Council, ARC/AGS Information Series 111, 184 p.