On Possibilities for Pipelining Coal in Canada

CIM Bulletin, 1963


Slurry pipelining, as now understood and practised, can only command marginal interest in Canada, as long-distance railway freight charges in this country are generally lower than slurry pipeline tariffs. Several alternatives to conventional slurry transmission are, however, now emerging, and two such alternatives are briefly discussed with reference to coal pipelining. In one, coal is transported as a suspension in oil; the other contemplates the movement of paste "slugs." Preliminary economic estimates indicate that the resulant process simplification and adoption of common carrier principles could lead to cost reductions that might make Western coal competitive with imported fuel in the power generating stations of eastern Canada.
Keywords: Coal, coal, common carrier, pipelining, slugs, Slurry Flow Velocity, Cost, Costs, Oil, Oils, Paste, Pipeline, Pipelines, Water, Waters