Coal Exploration, Mine Planning and Development by Roy Merritt

By Roy Merritt

This is often a huge examine coal exploration and mining world wide, with discussions at the parameters and decision-making components in drilling and processing coal.

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Most projects include at least basic expenditures for drilling, logging, and personnel (Table 3-4). Pre-exploration drilling plans that outline a proposed field program can be drawn up to facilitate scheduling, organization, and followthrough once on site (Table 3-5). Among the problems encountered in preparing a time-exploration budget are estimating completion dates, data interpretation, and planning phase activities. Staff supervision, communication, and documentation are important aspects of a typical exploration budget.

00 4 C. Mileage . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 00 D. 00 III. Geologist A. •...... 00 B. 00 C. Expenses . . . . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 00 D. 00 lIncludes casing, packers, caps, connectors, core boxes, plastic tubing for samples, etc. 2Includes unanticipated extra costs as for scoria drilling; delays due to drilling through hard rock bands; drill bits, soap, and water costs; drilling or coring in excess of predicted intervals. 3Includes natural gamma, caliper, resistivity, and density.

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