HOW WILL ALL THE COAL BE SHIPPED?

Whether announced goals are reached or not, there is already a large scale swing by utilities toward the use of coal in future additions to electric generating capacity. How this added coal production is to be transported is raising a number of questions about the country's ability to reach the goals set. This article analyzes the capabilities of the proposed means of transporting coal: by railroads, by barges, by motor trucks and conveyor belts (short-haul, from mine to utility) and by slurry pipelines. Consideration is given to the problems of providing sufficient new equipment for all these systems. Based on present projections of the share of the load to be carried by each type of transport, railroads face the greatest challenge, and slurry pipelines, where practicable, offer considerable economic advantages.

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    Business Communications Company Incorporated

    471 Glenbrook Road
    Stamford, CT  United States  06906
  • Authors:
    • Miskell, J T
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00177401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM