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Biogenic methane generation from Pakistani bituminous coal samples

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Three bituminous coal samples, from Salt Range, Makarwal, and Khost coalfields of Pakistan, were subjected to a bioassay, based on WBC-2, for determining the potential of biogenic methane generation from higher-rank coals. Under strict anerobic conditions, maximum methane yield was observed from Makarwal coal sample, that is, 0.275 ┬Ámoles per gram of coal. The results supported the idea of inhibited susceptibility of higher-rank coal toward biogenic methane generation. Low-rank coal still appears as a favorable target for stimulation or regeneration of methane, though, before achieving commercial-scale methane generation, there are a number of crucial factors, which need to be addressed.
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Keywords: Biogenic CBM; coal biotransformation; coal methanogenesis; coalbed methane; unconventional natural gas resources

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Coal Technology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

Publication date: August 3, 2017

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