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Emissions reduced at Zouk power plant
Beeatoona calls
for accurate measurement
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The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) announced the completion of the first phase of a project to cut down air pollution at the Zouk power plant. The project consists of equipping production groups at the plant with chemical additives to treat fuel oil and therefore limit toxic gas emissions.

The contracted firm, EPIQ Trading, a local company and subsidiary of EPIQ Group, finished installing and testing technical units on the plant’s second production group. The group was chosen by Electricité du Liban for a testing phase of six months that ended in May 2013.

The company was able to reduce emissions by 80 percent, according to the MoEW. The project will now extend to the remaining three production groups. The MoEW expects the project to be fully-implemented in Zouk by the end of the year. As a next step, the same process will be implemented in the Jiyeh power plant.

Ali Darwiche, head of the local environmental NGO Beeatoona, said: “An 80 percent reduction in emissions from one of the Zouk plant’s four production lots would result in a 14 percent reduction in overall emissions.” Energy production activities contribute to around six percent of air pollution locally. Land transport is the main contributor to pollution.

“The MoEW should appoint an independent authority to report on the total gas emissions before and after the project,” Darwiche said.
Reported by Yassmine Alieh
Date Posted: Jul 12, 2013
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