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Delimara power station extension: €1 million saved in fuel costs

After a week of continuous operation, the Delimara Power Station extension has produced 14,200 MWh of electricity.

With the plant’s 47 per cent efficiency 1,500 tonnes of fuel oil and 300 tonnes of gasoil were saved, which equates to €1 million in fuel savings.

The plant is capable of producing around 24,000 MW every week but the engines are being operated on a special regime which will make sure there is appropriate flexibility when it comes to maintenance.

Maintenance is carried out after a certain number of hours of operation, so to spread out the maintenance inspections, the engines need to have been in operation for different amount of hours to ensure the optimum use of all the plant.

Enemalta said that through the operation of the new plant and as a result of the reduction in output from Marsa, it was expecting a reduction of 43,000 tonnes of CO2 every month. Other emissions were also to be significantly reduced as in the table below, Enemalta said.

Emissions

Net monthly reduction

NOX

66 tonnes

SO2

138 tonnes

Dust

6 tonnes

 Despite of having to operate Marsa for longer than originally planned, the total annual emissions are expected to be within the annual limits for 2012 imposed by the European Union.

Enemalta thanked all employees who would be working around the clock during this festive season in the various sections of the corporation.

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