Rank of Kozlu Formation coals in the Zonguldak Basin: implications for coalbed gas*

M. Namık Yalçin*, Cemil Seyis, Sedat İnan

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Abstract

Carboniferous bituminous coals of the Zonguldak Basin have been mined for over a century. Due to underground mining activity, there have been several fatal incidents related to gas explosions. The gas content of the coals varies greatly in the basin mainly based on coal maturity (rank), increasing with increasing coal depth. In this study, we report a map for coal depth and coal rank in the Kozlu-Üzülmez-Karadon districts of Zonguldak Basin with hope the that it would aid coal gas exploration/exploitation and also coal gas degassing efforts for safer underground mining production in the Zonguldak Basin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-818
Number of pages11
JournalTurkish Journal of Earth Sciences
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Funding

We thank Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK) and the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA) for their collaborations and support during our studies regarding different aspects of coal geology and coalbed gas in the Zonguldak Basin. We thank Dr. James C. Hower and anonymous reviewers for constructive criticisms and suggestions that helped us to improve the manuscript.

FundersFunder number
General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration
Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises
Michigan Townships Association

    Keywords

    • Carboniferous coals
    • Coal rank
    • coalbed methane
    • Zonguldak Basin

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