D3PG and the lo­cal com­mu­nity: break­ing bar­ri­ers, de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Some­thing in­ter­est­ing has been hap­pen­ing in Marsaxlokk over the past four years. The air is cleaner and the en­vi­ron­ment is health­ier – but there is also an in­ter­est­ing cross-cul­tural ex­change with in­vestors from dis­tant China, as well as a new dy­namic col­lab­o­ra­tion which is cre­at­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing by de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Lo­cated within De­li­mara Power Sta­tion, D3 Power Gen­er­a­tion Ltd (D3PG), en­deav­ours to achieve ef­fi­ciency and no­tably cleaner en­ergy, whilst col­lab­o­rat­ing with Mal­tese sup­pli­ers and de­vel­op­ing a good rap­port with the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

D3PG is a sub­sidiary of Shang­hai Elec­tric Power (Malta), founded four years ago as an en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion plat­form with the Mal­tese Gov­ern­ment with the ob­jec­tive of be­com­ing a di­ver­si­fied en­ergy provider, of­fer­ing re­li­able, eco­nomic, and clean en­ergy prod­ucts that con­sti­tute the back­bone of the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of any mod­ern and for­ward-look­ing na­tion.

Fol­low­ing the con­ver­sion of the en­gines of what used to be called the BWSC plant from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to work with ei­ther liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) or light fuel oil (LFO), emis­sions from D3 are now dras­ti­cally be­low the re­quired min­i­mum lev­els, con­tribut­ing to a health­ier en­vi­ron­ment. And D3 has ob­tained the ISO14001 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the con­trolled im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

D3PG’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mr Zhichao Chen com­ments, “We are al­ready ful­fill­ing the vi­sion of our com­pany ‘Greener En­ergy, Bet­ter Life’. The prac­ti­cal ben­e­fit for the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties, first and fore­most, is that both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, are to­day en­joy­ing clean air 365 days a year. In a tan­gi­ble and mean­ing­ful way, D3PG, work­ing hand in hand with its coun­ter­parts in De­li­mara Power Sta­tion, is en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of life here.’’

The D3PG daily op­er­a­tion sig­nif­i­cantly re­lies on Malta-based sup­pli­ers there­fore com­mu­nity re­la­tions were given a great weight by D3PG from the out­set. Mr Chen ex­plained how the com­pany re­mains grate­ful for the in­valu­able in­put from the lo­cal com­mu­nity since the early plan­ning phase. Dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process for the In­te­grated Pol­lu­tion Preven­tion and Con­trol (IPPC) reg­u­la­tory sys­tem, which em­ploys an in­te­grated ap­proach to con­trol any po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, D3PG re­ceived plenty of good ad­vice from res­i­dents in nearby lo­cal­i­ties. “At D3PG, we are equally com­mit­ted to­wards main­tain­ing the level of un­der­stand­ing that has been gen­er­ated in such a short span of time’’ said Mr Chen.

D3PG be­lieves that its sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment has to be val­ued in the con­text of the lo­cal com­mu­nity as the res­i­dents’ in­ter­est and con­cern are al­ways shared. Dur­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, for ex­am­ple, lo­cal res­i­dents ex­pressed their con­cern for safety, and this is a top pri­or­ity for D3PG as well. The en­tire D3 power plant is CE cer­ti­fied, and it meets all the re­quire­ments of ATEX Equip­ment Direc­tive 2014/34/EU and ATEX Work­place direc­tive 1999/92/EC, among oth­ers. At present, the com­pany is also in­sti­tut­ing all the nec­es­sary mea­sures to achieve ISO9001 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. In ad­di­tion, spe­cific safety train­ing cour­ses cater­ing for the gas op­er­a­tion en­vi­ron­ment are pro­vided for both the em­ploy­ees and the com­pany’s con­trac­tors on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“D3PG em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors hail from six coun­tries. Most of the main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion per­son­nel in the plant are from Malta. Ir­re­spec­tive of na­tion­al­ity and back­ground how­ever, em­ploy­ees share and up­hold the com­pany’s val­ues,” said Mr Zhichao Chen.

Ear­lier this year, D3PG co­op­er­ated with NGO Na­ture Trust Malta, and un­der its guid­ance par­tic­i­pated in Malta’s na­tional cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity day by clean­ing a Natura 2000 wet­land site of EU eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance called “Il-Bal­lut ta’ Marsaxlokk”. Apart from clear­ing ma­rine de­bris that come in with sea cur­rents, D3PG em­ploy­ees had the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate the en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance of the area and why such clean-up ini­tia­tives are so es­sen­tial.

En­gag­ing with the Uni­ver­sity of Malta is also an­other im­por­tant pil­lar of D3PG’s out­reach pro­gramme as ter­tiary-level en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents visit this power gen­er­a­tion fa­cil­ity to see at first­hand how Shang­hai Elec­tric’s ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence is be­ing ap­plied in a Mal­tese con­text.

“Af­ter four year’s pres­ence here, we be­lieve that we are in­creas­ingly con­nect­ing, both at na­tional and at com­mu­nity level so this is a prac­ti­cal ex­am­ple of how a com­pany and a com­mu­nity can grow to­gether,” said D3PG’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

Marsaxlokk Mayor Ho­race Gauci con­firms the im­proved sur­round­ings: “To­day, the air we breathe is bet­ter and cleaner than that of a few years ago. We wel­come the com­pany as many res­i­dents have no­ticed the sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence D3PG has made in a span of less than four years, also say­ing ‘you are do­ing some­thing im­por­tant as you are break­ing down cul­tural bar­ri­ers'. Also, we ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that, for their com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, they have again cho­sen our pic­turesque vil­lage as the venue for the Chi­nese Cul­tural Night fes­ti­val for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, adding an im­por­tant el­e­ment to Marsaxlokk’s vi­brant and in­ter­na­tional at­mos­phere.”

Held on Sun­day, 23 Septem­ber in front of the Marsaxlokk Parish Church, the fes­ti­val in­cluded Chi­nese per­for­mances and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by the Chi­nese Cul­tural Cen­tre, as well as Chi­nese tra­di­tional med­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion by Mediter­ranean Cen­tre for Chi­nese Tra­di­tional Medicine.

With the aim of gen­er­at­ing fur­ther in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure for Malta and the neigh­bour­ing ar­eas among mil­lions of Chi­nese view­ers, two ma­jor Chi­nese TV sta­tions, namely CCTV and Phoenix, have vis­ited Marsaxlokk to fea­ture both the eco-friendly D3PG en­ergy in­vest­ment and, at the same time, Malta’s renowned fish­ing vil­lage as a tourist at­trac­tion.

Top view of D3PG fa­cil­ity

The en­ter­tain­ing Chi­nese Cul­tural Night held again at Marsaxlokk

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