To remain competitive in the continually expanding Australia coal market, resources companies undertaking exploration need accurate and timely analysis of their samples. Effective and efficient sample testing and analysis is critical in understanding a resource, and in providing accurate information to determine the best use of that resource such as its suitability for export, use in coal-to-liquids processing, or for power generation.
Specific challenges facing owners of coal resources include:
HRL offers expert, independent, coal analysis services that draw on its skilled personnel who have extensive experience and a deep understanding of the nature of coal resources. The expertise and experience HRL personnel offer is complemented by the firm's sophisticated chemical, physical and thermal analytical facilities and systems. The result is a comprehensive, trustworthy and expert coal analysis service that includes:
HRL provides individually tailored solutions and analysis results to support the unique requirements of individual clients. Benefits include:
HRL provides consulting and technology services for low rank coal utilisation in Australia. We cover all aspects of coal resource evaluation and utilisation including:
HRL experience in brown coal utilisation extends to more than 40 years and includes all aspects of brown coal resource evaluation, upgrading and processing including drying, briquetting, combustion, gasification and fouling behaviour, and associated engineering, metallurgical and environmental issues.
HRL laboratories have specialist facilities for laboratory and pilot-scale evaluation of coal performance in utilisation applications including coal analysis, preparation and drying, combustion and gasification, fouling and slagging, carbonisation, briquetting, conversion to liquid fuels, etc.
A core HRL capability is our knowledge and understanding of the impact of coal quality on utilisation. Our clients benefit from this knowledge by allowing them to maximise the return on their assets - for both existing and new projects.
HRL also maintains a network of relationships with leading geologists, mining engineers and mine planners who assist in projects as required.
HRL has undertaken low-rank coal resource evaluation programs throughout Australia. In the extensive Victorian brown coal bore core analysis program, over 1 million metres of coal investigation bores were drilled and over 130,000 coal samples analysed.
Over 65 million tonnes per annum of brown coal is supplied from three working open cut mines in the Latrobe Valley. Almost all of this coal is used for power generation with a small amount used for the production of 250,000tpa of dried brown coal briquettes. HRL provides all the supporting coal analytical services in support of existing and proposed coal mining programs, and the power station and briquetting operations.
HRL has undertaken low rank coal resource evaluation and utilisation projects in New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Czech Republic and Ireland. HRL continues to maintain strong relationships with coal utilisation experts and organisations across the world.
HRL staff achieved international acclaim for its role in the detailed feasibility studies for the Zhaotung integrated lignite mine and power station project in the Province of Yunnan, People's Republic of China.
HRL can provide
Nick has over 20 years of experience working as a chemist in the power generation and mineral processing industries. Inorganic and elemental analysis of various sample types, particularly fuels such as coal, oil and biosolids as well as pharmaceuticals, soils and waters. Material characterisation particularly for energy industries. Read more