The author details a scenario whereby the existing coal pipeline technologies could offer new opportunities for U.S. coal exports. A review is presented of coal pipeline transportation, particularly of the handling of coal water slurries and coal oil (methanol) slurries. Attention is paid to the successful experience of the Black Mesa Reserve slurry pipeline, 273 miles of 18-inch pipe that has been transporting nearly 5 million tons of coal per year in Arizona for almost 20 years. Other notable slurry pipeline operations in the U.S. and in the world are described. Against this backdrop, possible coal slurry operations are projected and analyzed from the technological, geographical and economic perspective. Among the factors considered are coal quality, water supply, transport cost, production cost, distance and terrain. This evaluation notes the potential of the Powder River Basin for large volume coal slurry projects and the high coal quality of the Four Corners and Utah reserves. In summary, coal slurry pipelines now offer a viable technology that can open up new commercial inroads for the U.S. coal industry.

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  • Pagination: 48p.

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  • Accession Number: 00660966
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM