Hy­dro sta­tion switch­ing to cleaner fuel

The Compass - - NEWS -

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.

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