Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Helping to Ease Pressure on Manufacturing Industries

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Helping to Ease Pressure on Manufacturing Industries

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Peter hunt, Vice-president Oil, Gas and Chemicals; ABB Engineering Services (formerly ABB Eutech) reviews the pressures industry is under in the UK.

THE legislative burden industry faces up to never gets any lighter, and with rafts of new laws passed every year by the European Union, the process industries are affected along with everyone else.

At the same time, manufacturing and process industries are under intense pressure to improve manufacturing performance and drive down costs in order to stay competitive.

In the EU, the main packets of legislation affecting the process industries are the control of major accident hazards, particularly with regards to the integrity of equipment, vessels and pipework in process plants; legislation to ensure the safe operation of equipment in a potentially explosive atmosphere and the new environmental legislation, integrated pollution prevention and control.

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)

ABB Engineering Services is working closely with several Teesside companies to help them comply with demanding new environmental laws aimed at improving the environment for all of us.

Under IPPC, companies from a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, chemicals, metals, food and drink, must apply for a compulsory Pollution Prevention and Control Permit.

The permit demonstrates that a company has carefully considered the impact on the environment from its operations.

Permit applications are assessed by the Environment Agency (EA) and granted only when the EA is satisfied that the company can operate in an environmentally responsible manner.

Companies such as Baker Petrolite (Hartlepool), and Johnson Matthey (Billingham) have already been granted their permit showing their commitment to operating in a long-term sustainable manner.

Uniqema (Wilton) have submitted their application and are awaiting a permit from the EA.

The application process is a complex and time-consuming procedure.

It involves a number of assessments, including emissions of pollutant chemicals to air and water, waste reduction and recycling and efficient use of energy and raw materials.

BP CATS Terminal at Seal Sands do not need to apply for a permit until 2006, but have already commenced with computer modelling of their emissions and shortly plan to carry out risk assessments of their pollution prevention infrastructure. …

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