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A benefit/cost analysis of availability in oil shale material handling systems

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The material handling system in an oil shale mining operation is the lifeline of the associated shale oil processing facilities. Due to the continual feed requirements of the process, and the limited storage area typically available, material handling system availability is a critical consideration in overall plant design. Equipment redundancy and adequate storage areas affect system availability by reducing outage time; however, their inclusion requires a greater capital expenditure. This balance between system availability and capital cost can be optimized by an availability analysis. An appropriate methodology is illustrated by an example for handling oil shale from the mine face, through crushing, to the process plant via both mobile equipment and conveyors. The effects of equipment redundancy and storage pile capacity upon system availability are studied to illustrate the use of this methodology in the design of an oil shale materials handling system.


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Citation Tayge, F.W. Reisdorf, J.B.
Is NETL associated Yes
NETL Point of Contact Roy Long
NETL Point of Contact's Email Roy.long@netl.doe.gov
NETL program or project KMD
Publication Date 4/1/1984