Exploitation contradictions concerning multi-energy resources among coal, gas, oil, and uranium: A case study in the ordos basin (Western North China Craton and Southern Side of Yinshan Mountains)

Xiaowei, Feng and Nong, Zhang and Xiaoting, Chen and Lianyuan, Gong and Chuangxin, Lv and Yu, Guo (2016) Exploitation contradictions concerning multi-energy resources among coal, gas, oil, and uranium: A case study in the ordos basin (Western North China Craton and Southern Side of Yinshan Mountains). Energies, 9 (2). pp. 1-15. ISSN 19961073

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Abstract

The particular “rich coal, meager oil, and deficient gas” energy structure of China determines its high degree of dependence on coal resources. After over 100 years of high-intensity mining activities in Northeast China, East Region, and the Southern Region, coal mining in these areas is facing a series of serious problems, which force China’s energy exploitation map to be rewritten. New energy bases will move to the western and northern regions in the next few years. However, overlapping phenomena of multiple resources are frequently encountered. Previous exploitation mainly focused on coal mining, which destroys many mutualistic and accompanying resources, such as uranium, gas, and oil. Aiming at solving this unscientific development mode, this research presents a case study in the Ordos Basin, where uranium, coal, and gas/oil show a three-dimensional overlapping phenomenon along the vertical downward direction. The upper uranium and lower coal situation in this basin is remarkable; specifically, coal mining disturbs the overlaying aquifer, thus requiring the uranium to be leached first. The technical approach must be sufficiently reliable to avoid the leakage of radioactive elements in subsequent coal mining procedures. Hence, the unbalanced injection and extraction of uranium mining is used to completely eradicate the discharged emissions to the environment. The gas and oil are typically not extracted because of their deep occurrence strata and their overlapping phenomenon with coal seams. Use of the integrated coal and gas production method is recommended, and relevant fracturing methods to increase the gas migrating degree in the strata are also introduced. The results and recommendations in this study are applicable in some other areas with similarities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coal, uranium, oil, gas, mining, exploitation contradictions, Ordos Basin, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Saman
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 07:13
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 06:26
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/12217

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