Biomass plant secures NOx and dust control exemptions

The Environment Agency (EA) is ‘minded to grant’ derogations for dust and nitrogen oxides (NOx) to Lynemouth power station, citing the practical difficulties of fitting new abatement systems to the biomass conversion project.

In a draft permit, opened for a month’s consultation yesterday, the regulator notes the installation’s unusual history. With a thermal input of 1,050 megawatts and able to generate 420MW of electricity, it was first commissioned in 1972 to power an adjacent aluminium smelter. The connection allowed the government to argue that it should not be covered by the now-defunct EU Large Combustion Plants Directive, a position rejected by the European Court of Justice in 2010.

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