Hydro station switching to cleaner fuel
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro announced last week it will switch to a cleaner fuel at its Holyrood generating station.
Jim Haynes, Hydro’s vice president of Regulated Operations said in a March 31 press release the switch would bring the facility into compliance with air emission regulations.
In March 2006, Hydro switched from 2 per cent to 1 per cent sulphur fuel at the Holyrood plant resulting in a 50 per cent reduction in sulphur dioxide and particulate emission rates.
The cleaner fuel contains 0.7 per cent sulphur, which will further reduce emission by 30 per cent, the company says.
“ Since Hydro switched to a cleaner fuel in 2006, there has been a continual improvement and reduction in emissions, opacity and the number of soot blowing excursions,” said Haynes. “ We will continue to closely monitor the emissions to ensure that the cleaner fuel is meeting our expectations and our environmental compliance requirements.”
The province’s Energy Plan outlines future alternatives for the operation of the Holyrood plant with a focus on reducing or eliminating emissions from the facility.
The long-term plan is to develop the Lower Churchill Project and construct a transmission link from Labrador to the Island. However, in the event the Lower Churchill Project does not proceed as anticipated, the province has made a commitment to install scrubbers and precipitators.
Hydro says it is committed to a long-term emissions management strategy that includes investigating alternative, clean energy sources such as wind generation, practising and promoting energy conservation, using cleaner fuel sources and continuing to improve operations in Holyrood.
Hydro, a Nalcor Energy company, is the primary generator of electricity in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company has an installed generating capacity of 1,635 megawatts, of which over 80 per cent of the power generated in 2008 was clean, hydroelectric generation. Hydro sells its power to utility, industrial and 35,000 residential and commercial customers in over 200 communities across the province.