Mine Safety & Training
IMC has the capability to design, prepare and implement training programmes throughout the world, and also arrange and co-ordinate Client’s visits to the UK or elsewhere as part of an integrated training package. In response to the training demands of the world market place, the scope of the consultant's training services has been developed to meet the needs of developing countries, intermediate technology countries, and highly developed nations such as UK, USA, Australia and South Africa.
IMC commonly conduct dedicated health and safety audits and risk assessments for both mining companies and government organisations. Aside from the dedicated projects, IMC regularly comment in detail on health and safety aspects in Competent Persons Reports, Due Diligence and Mineral Expert Reports.
Developing a comprehensive model to forecast methane recovery in coal mines. The project includes estimates of remaining cavities in closed mines and the distribution of cavities in the mining concession area, estimate of remaining methane gas in the rock formation, investigations of desorption at the surface in colliery areas and at the surface in areas of water wells, metrological monitoring of gas desorption pipes and behaviour of methane desorption at partly re-filled shafts. Results are used for numerical modelling of methane migration and forecast of methane desorption, development of a three dimensional CAD model and planning of utilisation of methane gas for power generation.
- Cross-section of Abandoned Mine
Contracted by the city of Herne for project management of four projects to produce CMM from abandoned mines through wells drilled into old mine workings. The scope includes an investigation of technical and geological conditions, study on feasibility of the project and project description, application for funding, set-up of general drilling concept, call for tenders, contracting negotiations, permitting procedures including fire and explosion protection, supervision of drilling and production tests, interpretation of results and reporting to State authorities.
- Lorraine Deposit CBM Exploration
Carrying out logging and interpretation of two CBM wells drilled by European Gas Ltd. in the Lorraine deposit. Scanning of cores and structural interpretation. The services included the determination of the gas content of coal and rock samples, analyses, determination of porosity and permeability.
Commissioned with studies to assess the overall CMM and/or CBM potential of license areas held by European Gas Ltd. covering several coalfields in central and southern France, including a preliminary estimation of the production volumes and periods. Studies were performed for the areas of Nord-Pas de Calais, Gardanne, and the St. Étienne/ Loire Basin.
- Mine Fire at Strongman Mine
Examined two abandoned underground mines where mine fires had occurred during operation, ignited by spontaneous combustion, affecting current mining activities of nearby open pit mines. After inspection the team made recommendations to the owner, Solid Energy Ltd., to optimise the fire fighting activities.
Commissioned by the Government of North Rhine-Westphalia with the development of a Safety Management Catalogue for the Chinese coal mining industry. This development should lead to the rapid and impartial identification and evaluation of the mining and operational risk factors in addition to conceptualising basic approaches in preventive risk management.
- Inspection of Coal Fires in China
Carried out a project for GTZ, developing methods to detect, monitor and extinguish coal fires in the Xinjiang Region, PR China. After exploration and surveying, different tailor made technologies were used to extinguish the fires: Levelling the area by dozers, grid drilling of bore holes, water injection to reduce temperature in the burning zone below 100°C (no more danger of spontaneous combustion), sealing with soil to block oxygen and remediation of the area to avoid erosion.
- Methane Gas Extraction at Soko Mine
Carried out studies to improve mine safety and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Soko underground lignite mine, where very high amounts of methane gas occur in the roof of the coal seam. The scope of the study was to estimate the gas content and its distribution in the deposit, to assess mining and ventilation methods in view of safety and CH4-contamination compared to European standards, to propose methods of gas extraction and forecast future amounts of extractive gas. Technical aspects of environmental protection had to be considered.
IMC examined underground coal mines of the Shanxi Coking Coal Group in Taiyuan, investigating possibilities of utilisation of methane gas in a study sponsored by the Government of North Rhine-Westphalia. Experts reviewed and evaluated the coal reserves of each mine and laboratory work was undertaken to establish gas content. The study identified scenarios of gas collection and economic utilisation.
- Greenpark CMM Plant
Carried out a due diligence for Investec Bank U.K. Ltd. on Greenpark, developing five coal mine methane power plants in the United Kingdom, including review of contracts, expert opinion about methane desorption forecast, site visit and evaluation of existing CMM plant.
Prepared a study for Energy Finance on a CMM of existing HVL coal mines in Spain. During phase 1 the consultant analysed rock behaviour based on experiences in Germany, prepared a model calculation of residual gas content based on geological rock sequences and seam thickness and prepared recommendations for a degassing test in one mining area. Phase 2 included a site visit, detailed planning of the degassing test and monitoring.
The Chief Inspector of Mines requested an in-depth review of the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate (MHSI) and it's impact on the South African Mining industry, following the introduction of the Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996) (MHSA). The independent review assisted in ensuring that the MHSI was efficient in achieving it's overall aims and objectives.
Commissioned to conduct an independent Audit of Health and Safety Management at Winsford Rock Salt Mine with the scope of the audit to cover all underground and surface operations and to establish regulatory compliance level and comparison against industry (underground mining) best practice in order to make recommendations for areas of improvement.
Designed and implemented an integrated management system embracing quality, environment and health and safety (ISO 9002, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001) for Rietspruit Mining Services PLC.
The consultant undertook an operational risk assessment and management strategy for mine transport systems. This included the identification of hazards that limit efficient and safe performance of mine transport systems and the controls required to reduce risk. The findings were integrated into a computer model in order to predict the total business risk.