Following a flawless operation to remove and recycle 6.4 million litres of gas oil at Derwent Power Station, Crown Oil has been nominated for an environmental award by HazardEx magazine. The nomination in the Environmental Contribution to Industry category recognises that the carefully synchronised operation was completed without spilling a single drop of oil despite over 200 tanker movements being required.
HazardEx is the leading journal covering industries such as oil and gas, exploration, production and processing where explosive hazards may be present. Award winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in Harrogate on February 29.
The Environmental Services division at Crown Oil is one of only a few companies in the UK with the technical, commercial and distribution resources to undertake oil recovery work on this scale. The company carefully analyse and assess fuel recovered from industry and re-blend if necessary before it is sold to the market.
The Derwent contract was just one of several undertaken. Crown Oil successfully completed a similar project to recover 25 million litres of fuel at Medway Power Station in Kent in 2010 and is actively negotiating further contracts.
“Many power stations and large industrial gas users face a dilemma following changes to the interruptible gas tariff,” explained Crown Oil’s general manager Mark Andrews. “These companies may have large stocks of reserve gas oil that is no longer needed that will only deteriorate with time and may become an environmental hazard. Oil removal and the safe decommissioning of tanks avoid these problems and allow the companies concerned to release working capital.”
In addition to having a dedicated environmental services division, Crown Oil takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. All fuel deliveries by the company are carbon offset. Additionally, the company offer red diesel users an option to use a totally carbon offset fuel. For combined heat and power (CHP) plant the company have a high grade bio-fuel derived from 100 per cent sustainable sources. This enables users to collect maximum renewable obligation certificates (ROC’s) to offset against other carbon producing activity.
Mark Andrews, Group General Manager, Crown Oil UK
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