Events and Courses

 INDUSTRIAL COURSES ON OFFER TO PERSONNEL IN COAL AND ALLIED INDUSTRIES

The following is a list of courses on coal related matters designed for a wide range of disciplines and professions in the coal industry.  The topics cover the full coal value chain from origin and formation of Southern African coals and their sampling, analysis, characterisation and classification, through geology, mining, beneficiation and utilisation processes to environmental aspects, trade and marketing with economic aspects.  Specialist lecturers are provided.  Courses are convened on request and are subject to a minimum number of attendees.  Venues may be at a central location or on site if so requested.  Inquires may be made via email – fff@fossilfuel.co.za

 
1. COAL SAMPLING
1.1.         Theories of sampling, precision and bias
1.2.         Geological coal sampling
1.3.         Mine and Industrial coal sampling
2. COAL ANALYSES AND QUALITY ASSESSMENT
2.1.         Conventional analyses and tests
2.2.         Advanced industrial analyses and tests
2.3.         Classification, categorisation and specification
2.4.         Anomalies in coal – understanding them!
3. COAL AND HYDROCARBON GEOLOGY
3.1.         Coal – origin and formation, sedimentology and geology
3.2.         Coal Resources and reserves in Southern Africa and globally
3.3.         Exploration programmes – methods and management
3.4.         SAMREC and SAMVAL – assessing resources and reserves
3.5.         Competent Persons report requirements
3.6.         Applied coal geology in the mining environment
3.7.         Coalbed Methane – exploration and extraction
3.8.         Shale gas – exploration and extraction
4. MINING AND EXTRACTION OF COAL AND RELATED FOSSIL FUEL
4.1.         Opencast and underground mining
4.2.         Licensing, legislation and water issues
4.3.         Mine planning
4.4.         Rehabilitation and mine closure
4.5.         Safety, Health and the Environment
4.6.         Underground coal gasification
4.7.
5. BENEFICIATION, HANDLING AND STORAGE OF COAL
5.1.         Impacts of coal geology, mining and handling on coal preparation
5.2.         Methods of Comminution
5.3.         Methods of upgrading – wet and dry
5.4.         Fine coal management, handling, de-watering and briquetting
5.5.         Plant efficiency and predictive tools for optimum upgrading
5.6.         Mixing and blending to meet market requirements
5.7.         Stockpiling – safe methods and management
5.8.         Transport – infrastructure and logistics
5.9.         Spontaneous combustion –locations, causes, predictions, prevention
6. COAL-BASED COMBUSTION FOR HEAT AND POWER
6.1.         Principles of combustion
6.2.         Combustion equipment – primary and ancillary plant
6.3.          Coal – properties, definitions, coal components in combustion
6.4.         Prediction of combustibility – analyses and tests
6.5.         Plant efficiency – methods and management
6.6.         Emissions – particulate and gaseous: forms, control and management
6.7.         Ash – coarse and fine – properties, uses, storage
6.8.         Future power generation plant and processes – FBC, SC, USC and AUSC
6.9.         Cogeneration
6.10.      Co-firing and hybridisation potential (coal-solar and coal-biomass)
7. GASIFICATION
7.1.         Principles of gasification
7.2.         Processes and plant design
7.3.         Coal performance in gasification
7.4.         Advanced applications – heat, power, high value products
7.5.         Underground gasification products
8. COAL AND CARBON IN THE METALLURGICAL INDUSTRY
8.1.          Principles of metallurgical processes for iron, steel and ferroalloy production
8.2.          Coal, coke, char and alternative carbon products in the metallurgical industry
8.3.          Properties of carbon materials and those required by industrial processes
8.4.         Methods of testing and prediction
8.5.         Impact of carbon forms on plant efficiency and environmental impact
8.6.         Emissions – defined outcomes, management
8.7.         Future alternative processes
9. COAL TRADE, MARKETING AND LOGISTICS
9.1.         Principles and practice
9.2.         Customer requirements
9.3.          Specifications and categorisations for trade and utilisation (mixing and blending
9.4.         Contractual management
9.5.         Infrastructure and logistics
9.6.         Potential new markets, potential new products
9.7.         Local and global market trends –current and future
9.8.          Impact of alternative energy resources including other fossil fuels, renewables, etc.
10. AIR QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
10.1.      CO2 CAPTURE AND STORAGE (CCS)
10.1.1.   Methods of capture
10.1.2.   Methods of transport
10.1.3.   Methods of storage
10.2.      REDUCTION OF CO2
10.2.1.   Impact of co-firing with biofuels
10.2.2.   Impact of co-generation
10.2.3.   Impact of plant efficiencies
10.2.4.   Impact of hybridisation
10.3.      REDUCTION OF SOX
10.4.      REDUCTION OF NOX
10.5.      REDUCTION PF PARTICULATES AND OTHER EMISSIONS – VOCs etc
11. ECONOMICS OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES
11.1.      Impacts of other fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear
11.2.      Comparative costs and life cycle analyses LCOE of energy resources

For more information, contact the Course Organisers FFF Professional Development Centre +27 83 372 1349 or email fff@fossilfuel.co.za