Rented analysers save £ half million01 November 2009

Portable gas analysers have helped a municipal waste incineration plant to save £500,000 by preventing shutdown.

It is a legal requirement that emissions be continuously monitored, so when a problem occurred with the on-line equipment, the operator turned to Environmental Compliance, which was on site for compliance monitoring.

Rhodri Jones, senior team leader at Environmental Compliance says he contacted rental specialist Ashtead Technology and arranged for urgent delivery of two Horiba PG250 portable multi-gas analysers.

"For the next three days, monitoring was undertaken with the rented equipment, resulting in total cost savings of almost half a million pounds – the estimated cost of closing down the plant."

The Horiba analysers are MCERTS approved and can measure five gas components, typically in CEMS (continuous emissions monitoring systems) certification work, testing NOx, SO2, CO, CO2, and O2.

Importantly, they also use the same measurement principles as permanently installed CEMS analysers, unlike most portable analysers that rely on electrochemical sensors.

Brian Tinham

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