Scottish Power mulls investment in FGD

Scottish Power has revealed plans to install flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment at its 2,400MW Longannet power station. The upgrading of the plant, which will also include the fitting of new burners to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, is being driven largely by the firm's plans to increase power exports to the rest of the UK.

Under the 1988 EC Directive on large combustion plant, Scottish Power must cut its emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 60% by 2003 and of NOx by 30% by 1998, based on 1980 levels. All things being equal, the company would already have been close to reaching these targets, largely because of a rising contribution to Scotland's power needs from Scottish Nuclear's stations. But since privatisation Scottish Power has been e

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