HMIP, National Power on collision course over Orimulsion

Electricity generator National Power has ducked a demand from HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) to show how its Pembroke power station in south Wales will comply with stringent emission limits for sulphur dioxide when it burns the new bitumen-based fuel Orimulsion. The company now looks certain to have its application to burn the fuel rejected unless HMIP suffers a sudden loss of will.

The dispute has been rumbling away since mid-1991 and now appears to be approaching its climax. As explained in ENDS Report 201 (pp 7-8), both National Power and PowerGen have been exploring the possibility of large-scale burning of Orimulsion, a cheap fuel supplied by BP Bitor. The fuel has a relatively high sulphur content, and the question for HMIP has been whether to insist that flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) or an equivalent technique mu

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