Coal and Coalbed Gas

Fueling the Future


  • Romeo Flores, Cipher Coal Consulting, Christchurch, New Zealand; Next Fuel Inc., Fort Collins, CO, USA; and AECOM Technical Services Inc., Fort Collins, CO, USA

Bridging the gap in expertise between coal and coalbed gas, subfields in which opportunities for cross training have been nonexistent, Coal and Coalbed Gas sets the standard for publishing in these areas. This book treats coal and coalbed gas as mutually inclusive commodities in terms of their interrelated origin, accumulation, composition, distribution, generation, and development, providing a balanced understanding of this energy mix.

Currently considered a non-renewable energy resource, coalbed gas, or coalbed methane, is a form of natural gas extracted from coal beds. In recent years, countries have begun to seek and exploit coal for its clean gas energy in an effort to alleviate environmental issues that come with coal use, making a book on this topic particularly timely. This volume takes into account processes of coalification, gasification, and storage and reservoir characterization and evaluation and looks at water management and environmental impacts as well.

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Geologists, exploration geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, biogeochemists, environmental scientists, microbiologists, resource economists, water management specialists, hydrologists, land managers, ecologists, and policy makers and government manager in natural gas/petroleum and mining


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-396972-9


“It is rare for a book to be so comprehensive on such a diverse topic such as coal. I'd recommend this for both the seasoned coal professional as well as the newly initiated.”-Dr. Tim A. Moore, Managing Director, Cipher Consulting Ltd, New Zealand

“[Coal and Coalbed Gas] is a very much anticipated book… in that it provides a complete, comprehensive review of coal from genesis to coalbed gas resource management, something that was lacking in single, publically available publications….”-Russell Stands-Over-Bull, PhD, Sr. Geologic Advisor, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, USA

"Romeo Flores is a world-leading expert on coal geology… [T]here has not been an authoritative book on coalbed methane, until now.”-Dr. David B. Rutledge, California Institute of Technology, USA

"Dr. Romey Flores is a world-class expert in coal geology, coalbed methane, and a pioneer in biogenic CBM…. This is a must-read book for scientists, engineers, and managers involved in coal and CBM."-Dr. Song Jin, President and CTO, Next Fuel Inc., USA

“[Flores] has clearly explained the widespread application of the fundamentals of coal geology in the exploration of coalbed methane…. A textbook of this kind that synthesizes various aspects of geology, geochemistry and reservoir properties of coal has been long overdue.”-Dr. Mohinudeen Faiz, Principal Geologist, Origin Energy, Australia

“[This book] presents a well-balanced, up-to-date… discussion of both disciplines [coal geology and coalbed gas] in terms of the science and technology, including recent experiments to generate biogenic gas from microbial activity.”-Dr. Frank G. Etheridge, Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University, USA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Coal and Coalbed Gas
Chapter 2: History of Coal and Coalbed Gas
Chapter 3: Energy Mixed in Coal
Chapter 4: Origin of Coal as a Gas Reservoir Rock
Chapter 5: Coalification, Gasification, and Gas Storage
Chapter 6: Coal Composition and Reservoir Characterization
Chapter 7: Resource Evaluation and Methodologies
Chapter 8: Coalbed Gas Production and Water Management
Chapter 9: Worldwide Coalbed Gas Development
Chapter 10: Coalbed Gas Farming, CO2 Sequestration, and Enhanced Gas Recovery
Chapter 11: Future of Coal and Coalbed Gas