Data centre’s huge backup plant permitted after running for 8 years

A major data centre’s backup power plant ran without a permit from the Environment Agency until the end of February

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Digital Realty's Woking data centre was in breach of the Environmental Permitting Regulations for almost a decade

One of the UK's largest diesel generator farms has been granted an environmental permit after operating unlawfully for around eight years.

The installation, set up to provide backup power to a data centre in Woking, Surrey, was only granted a permit by the Environment Agency (EA) on 1 March. With an aggregated thermal input of 214 megawatts, it is easily large enough to qualify as a large combustion plant under the Environmental Permitting Regulations and the Industrial Emissions Directive.

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