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Pyrex Journal of Geology and Mining Research (PJGMR)

May 2016 Vol. 2(2), pp. 23-31

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The Implications of the Rank of Coal Deposit at Maiganga, Gombe, Nigeria


Chibuisi Samuel Ikwuagwu* and Maduabuchi Uche Uzoegbu

Department of Geology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: samchibs33@gmail.com

Accepted 19th May, 2016



Abstract


The coal deposit at Maiganga is recently being exploited for power generation. In order to assess its quality and ascertain its rank, aproximate analysis was conducted by this study. The result of the analysis shows that the coal deposit has low calorific value, high percentage of ash, inherent moisture, and volatile matter. Relatively, there is decrease in absolute density, more organic matter, and rich in water, oxygen, and hydrogen. It was therefore established that the coal falls within the lignite rank. Inherently, the Maiganga lignite comes with various implications which include; limited use, generation of huge waste (ash), low thermal value, easy accessibility and availability, and susceptibility to weathering.

Keywords: Coal deposit, proximate analysis, Maiganga, Lignite, Rank, Implications.

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