Medium Combustion Plant
Medium Combustion Plant, defined within the Medium Combustion Plant Directive as plant with a rated thermal input of equal to or greater than 1 megawatt and less than 50 megawatts, now require an Environmental or PPC Permit in order to operate within the UK. Our environmental consultants are able to assist with all aspects of the medium combustion plant permitting process using our extensive experience supporting a large range of energy installations.
Medium Combustion Plant Permitting
Redmore Environmental is able to provide input at all stages of Medium Combustion Plant Permitting. Our services cover the following under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations, as well as the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations:
- Screening Assessment of atmospheric emissions using the Environment Agency tool;
- Air Quality Assessment or Dispersion Modelling Assessment of atmospheric emissions;
- Input at all stages of an Environmental Permit Application, including completion of relevant forms and specialist reports; and,
- Stack emissions monitoring to demonstrate compliance with Emission Limit Values stated within the Environmental or PPC Permit.
Redmore Environmental can provide a package of services tailored to the needs of a Medium Combustion Plant Permitting project, whether this be in support of an Environmental Permit or planning application.
Why are these Services Required?
Harmful pollutant emissions produced as a result of the combustion of fuel within Medium Combustion Plants have the potential to affect local air quality. This can lead to adverse health effects and in some situations may even affect the natural environment. The Medium Combustion Plant Directive was therefore introduced in order to provide a regulatory control on emissions, specifically the pollutants nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulates. As the requirements of the Directive have now been transposed into UK law, both existing and new Medium Combustion Plant will need to comply and obtain an Environmental Permit to operate in England or Wales, or a PPC Permit to operate in Scotland.
The primary purpose of the Environmental Permit is to demonstrate there is no adverse environmental impact as a result of the operation of the Medium Combustion Plant. In order to support an application, a Screening Assessment and/or an Air Quality Assessment with Dispersion Modelling should be undertaken by a suitably qualified Air Quality Consultant to quantify potential air quality impacts as a result of operation. An assessment is most likely to be required where the Medium Combustion Plant is situated within a high-risk location, such as an area of poor air quality or close to important ecological designations, including Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
If you operate a Medium Combustion Plant, or propose to in the future, then it is important to note that stack emissions monitoring may also be required in order to prove compliance with Emission Limit Values stated within your permit. Our Sampling Technicians are able to assist with this process through the implementation and co-ordination of a monitoring study to be carried out within relevant timescales.
Redmore Environmental has proven experience of preparing and co-ordinating Environmental Permit applications for a range of combustion plant. Relevant projects include generators used to provide balancing services, Combined Heat and Power plant used to provide heating and electricity of residential and/or commercial properties and biomass boiler installations for heat generation. As the regulatory requirements can be confusing, with emission controls set based on a range of factors including sizing and operational parameters, it is important to appoint an expert with proven experience and knowledge of the relevant controls to ensure a successful application process.
Get in touch with one of Environmental Consultants today to find out more about how we can help you with your Medium Combustion Plant Environmental Permit application or visit our case studies to review recently completed projects such as Ampthill Flexible Generation Facility and Isle of Bute Biomass Boilers.