Here at Pearson Fuels we often discuss coal in terms of mining and it’s benefits however in order for it to reach your home, it must be transported from the mines! There are a range of different ways that the fossil fuel can make the journey and it largely depends on the budget of the coal mine and the time frame in which it has to be delivered by. Here are a few ways that coal is transported…
What is coal?
Coal is a fossil fuel that was created millions of years ago during a process known as coalification. Originally plant matter that was decomposed; years of pressure and heat lead to the rock being formed. The material is hard and combustible which means that it makes a very efficient heat source. Whilst it is a great source of fuel, it releases a harmful gas known as carbon dioxide so the use must be carefully monitored.
The non-renewable material can be transported or shipped using a range of different methods. In fact, statistics show that 1 billion tons of coal are moved from one location to another each year! It is no wonder that several methods must be put in place.
The process of transportation begins after coal is mined and it is ready to be shipped. Trucks often carry the loads to a nearby destination. On the other hand, conveyers may be used if the distance is very short. In almost 70% of transportation however coal will be moved by rail although this is a costly method as mining companies must take into consideration the cost of shipping the coal to the suppliers.
Those who are looking for cheaper transportation methods tend to opt for a barge or a ship. The final method is a slurry pipeline which connects the actual coal mine with the power plants that the coal will be required for. Since these pipelines can cross stateliness and between countries, it is an efficient transportation method.
Coal is used for many different things and is not only purchased for use in power plants. In fact, a large majority of coal is put to use inside the home in order to provide a natural source of heat. With summer slowly fading and the autumn chill just around the corner, it’s time to contact your favourite coal merchants and stock up today!