Excessive emissions put CRP in the spotlight

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 June, 2014, 4:21am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 June, 2014, 4:21am


China Resources Power Holdings, which has seen two former chairmen put under graft investigations on the mainland in the past two months, has been found by the environment watchdog to have flouted regulations on the mitigation of sulphur dioxide emissions.

CRP topped a list of 19 rule-breaking firms released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection yesterday, with three subsidiaries named and shamed for irregularities in their use of desulphurisation equipment.

They account for 6 per cent of CRP's total coal-fired power generating capacity.

Former chairmen Song Lin and Wang Shuaiting were put under graft probes after being accused of shady coal dealings.

Two of the three generating units at CRP's 600-megawatt electricity and power cogeneration plant in Shenyang had fabricated data collected from sulphur gas emission monitors, the ministry said.

CRP's 600MW Jinniu power and heat cogeneration plant in Inner Mongolia had lied about the sulphur content of coal it consumed in the first four months of last year, and emission data collected by its desulphurisation equipment was untrue, resulting in excessive emissions, the ministry said.

It added that CRP's 270MW Xingning power plant in Guangdong had deficiencies in the design of its desulphurisation equipment, causing unstable operation and excessive emissions.

The Yaomeng power plant of China Power International Development (CPID), chaired by Li Xiaolin, the daughter of former premier Li Peng, was found to have stopped running its desulphurisation facilities in one of six generating units for 481 hours in October last year.

Both CRP and CPID were ordered to disgorge subsidies, received in the form of higher power tariffs, from the installation of desulphurisation equipment. They must rectify the problems by the end of this year.

CRP's Shenyang plant will also be subject to a fine for running its desulphurisation equipment at 80 per cent of capacity, below the 90 per cent minimum.

A CRP spokesman said a revamp of facilities at its Xingning plant would be completed this month, with similar work at the Jinniu and Shenyang plants to be completed by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the plant that powers Datang International Power Generation's Duolun coal-to-chemicals project in Inner Mongolia was discovered to have stopped running its desulphurisation facilities for 174 days last year.

Two coal-to-chemicals plants in Ningxia owned by China Shenhua Energy's parent Shenhua Group, and the Ningxia petrochemical unit of PetroChina have also been found to have unstable or abnormal operations at their sulphur collection facilities.

All 19 firms are liable to fines of up to 50,000 yuan (HK$62,400).