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Q8 Europoort invests 100 million US Dollars in environmental protection 

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Press Release: 1st March 2011

On 20th January 2011, three major new projects were commissioned at Q8’s Europoort refinery in the Netherlands. The US$100 million investment is aimed at achieving a significant reduction in emissions from the refinery and is in line with Q8 Europoort’s continuous focus on environmental protection.

The projects were officially commissioned at a ceremony led by KPI President Hussain Esmaiel and the Mayor of Rotterdam and attended by local and regional authorities, including the Rotterdam Port Authority.

Q8 Europoort

The new units will reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 50 per cent and of nitrous oxide (NOX) by 25 per cent, ensuring that Q8 Europoort continues to meet the most stringent emission standards and heightening the stability and safety of the operation.

The three major projects were:

  • A waste gas treatment plant to reduce SO2 and NOX output; hydrogen sulphide is eliminated from gas streams before they are used to fuel the furnaces.
  • A second sulphur recovery unit to keep emissions below fixed limits.
  • A new state of the art steam boiler with the capacity to produce enough steam for the entire refinery. Equipped with the latest generation Ultra Low NOX burner technology, the boiler uses energy more efficiently and significantly reduces NOX emissions.

More than 100,000 man hours were spent on the three projects. The waste gas treatment project and the sulphur recovery unit are the only construction projects outside the USA to receive the Jacobs President’s HSE Excellence Award. This award rewards superior HSE performance throughout Jacobs, which is one of the world’s largest providers of technical, professional and construction services.

Since 2000, Q8 Europoort has invested more than US$275 million in projects to protect the environment. The refinery is now compliant with the Best Available Technology requirements of the European Union Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) regulations. Totally gas fired, it produces the cleanest possible fuels and has dramatically reduced its waste emissions into water, air and the soil, achieving an impressively high standard of environmental performance.

For more information please contact Neil Grieve, Marketing Manager - [email protected]