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Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering >> 2011, Volume 5, Issue 2 doi: 10.1007/s11705-010-0527-4

A review on transport of coal seam gas and its impact on coalbed methane recovery

1. School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia; 2. School of Resources & Environment, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, China; 3. School of Resource and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008, China; 4. Key Laboratory of CBM Resources and Dynamic Accumulation Process, Ministry of Education of China, Xuzhou 221008, China

Available online:2011-06-05

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This paper presents a summary review on mass transport of coal seam gas (CSG) in coal associated with the coalbed methane (CBM) and CO geo-sequestration enhanced CBM (CO -ECBM) recovery and current research advances in order to provide general knowledge and fundamental understanding of the CBM/ECBM processes for improved CBM recovery. It will discuss the major aspects of theory and technology for evaluation and development of CBM resources, including the gas storage and flow mechanism in CBM reservoirs in terms of their differences with conventional natural gas reservoirs, and their impact on CBM production behavior. The paper summarizes the evaluation procedure and methodologies used for CBM exploration and exploitation with some recommendations.

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