DEESIDE POWER - ENVIRONMENT
We are pleased to report that again there have been no breaches of any permit or licence conditions during the past year. Performance against site policy was considered during the year, and all policy items were still felt to be relevant.
Gas and electricity markets in 2011 allowed Deeside to operate regularly during the year, although in ‘two-shift’ operation. This is the term given to plant operation requiring start up and shut down within the same day. The plant still emits significantly less greenhouse gas and acid forming gas emissions than conventional coal-fired power plants due to low sulphur content of the fuel gas and relatively low NOx emissions, and even during two-shift operation manages a thermal efficiency of around 50%.
Amongst targets achieved during 2011 were:
We continue to offer an educational facility for local schools, which incorporates the Energy Garden completed in 2005. This is an on-site facility providing information to enable young engineers of the future to consider the implications of the various forms of electricity generation available.
The station management has approved Deeside's environmental policy for 2012. This largely reflects Deeside’s commitment to full compliance with the Environmental Permit requirements and continual improvement of our ISO 14001 certified Environment Management System.
Targets for 2012 include:
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