Washability and Froth Flotation Tests of Lafia-Obi Coal Deposit, Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria (Published)
Washability and froth flotation tests on Lafia-Obi Coal deposit Nasarawa State North-Central Nigeria were carried out on samples of the coal deposit obtained from seams 30, 13 and 12 after size reduction using hammer and jaw crush respectively. This is a follow-up research of the proximate analysis conducted with the same samples in the same study area Heavy liquids used for the washability test were carbon tetrachloride CCl4, tannile C6C5 вЂ“ NH2 nitro benzene C6H5NO3 and Bromoform CHBr3 1.18 to 0.6 micro screened size fractions were adopted for the washability test. 355-600 micro size fractions were used for the trial flotation and +180 to 355 micro size fractions were used for the second trial flotation. From the washability test assuming ash content of 5.7% is acceptable a separating density of 1.6 and a yield of 80% will be obtained. Froth flotation at Ph7 of the coal gave an average ash content of the total float to be 6.64% with the higher ash content reporting in the first float being10.29%. The sulphur, moisture and volatile matter are same as in the raw coal. Froth flotation at Ph9 of the coal gave an average ash content of6.95% with the fine coal reporting first with less ash content of 3.42%. This difference could be probably due to the presence of pyrite which might have been depressed at Ph9. These results support the mediumcoking characteristic of the coal deposit.