Medium-sized combustion plant operators will now have to obtain a permit from the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) in order to operate.
This is seen as a way of preventing the mass fuel burning in order to produce energy, with such combustion plants being a common means of generating energy.
The new rules apply to plants that have a rated thermal input that is equal to or else greater than 1MWth and less than 50MWth, no matter the type of fuel that is used.
However, in order to qualify for the permit, the amount of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), as well as dust, must follow the requirements designated in SL 549.122 – The Limitation of Emission of Certain Pollutants into the air from Medium Plants Regulations 2018.
Apart from this, it will also be up to the operator of the combustion plant to monitor the gas, dust and carbon monoxide levels generated.
Such permits will be time-constricted and thus will need to be renewed on a regular basis.
ERA also added that the requirement of such a permit applies to those combustion plants that are initiating their operations after December 2018, but those that are already operating need to contact ERA in order to start the permitting process in order to comply with the new law.
In the official statement on ERA’s website, the organisation stated that “ERA will ensure compliance with the medium combustion plants regulations in accordance with the law and may also carry out inspections and monitor installations in this regard as deemed necessary.”
Plants which are already in operation and have a rated thermal input that is greater than 5MWth need to get a permit by January 1 2024 at the latest. Those that have a rated thermal input of less than, or else equal to 5MWth need to obtain a permit by January 1 2029 at the latest.
In order to apply for such a permit, plant operators need to visit ERA’s official website and fill in the application form provided. In order to get more information, such parties may contact ERA freely.