DEMONSTRATED RESERVE BASE OF U.S. COALS WITH POTENTIAL FOR USE IN THE MANUFACTURE OF METALLURGICAL COKE
A demonstrated reserve base (DRB) of bituminous coal suitable for cokemaking has been estimated based on the latest published information on U.S. coal reserves. Bureau of Mines analyses of raw coalbed samples were used to classify the coals as low-, medium-, and high-volatile bituminous and grade them as premium, marginal, and latent coking coals. Coal rank was used as the basis for identifying coking coals, and ash and sulfur content were used to determine coking coal grade. The demonstrated reserve base of coking coal for the entire United States is 162.67 billion tons. However, only 18.96 billion tons are premium (metallurgical) grade, and between 80 and 99 percent occurs in the Eastern States. The demonstrated reserve base of marginal-grade coking coal is 31.3 billion tons; more than half the marginal reserve base is in the Eastern States, and most of the medium- and low-volatile marginal coals are in the Eastern States. The Eastern and Midwestern States contain most of the latent-grade DRB of 112.4 billion tons; most (106.6 billion tons) is high-volatile coal, and 98 percent of the medium- and low-volatile latent coals occur in the Eastern States. Based on the worst assumption, which assumes that only premium-grade coals are used for cokemaking, the DRB for high-volatile coal would suffice for 127 years, the medium-volatile coal for 80 years, and the low-volatile coal for 83 years.
Bureau of MinesC Street Between 18th and 19th Streets, NW
Washington, DC United States 20241
- Sanner, W S
- Benson, D C
- Publication Date: 1979
- Pagination: 154 p.
- TRT Terms: Coal resources; Coke; Forecasting
- Geographic Terms: Eastern States; Midwestern States
- Old TRIS Terms: Coke traffic
- Subject Areas: Freight Transportation; Planning and Forecasting; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00309949
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM