The Veolia Energie ČR group’s investments to help improve air quality in the Ostrava-Karviná area

4 february 2015  • Energy
Veolia Energie channelled a large part of its capital expenditure into boiler greening last year. At the end of 2014, the Teplárna Karviná CHP plant and the Elektrárna Třebovice power station successfully commissioned flue gas desulphurisation and dust separation units. Another desulphurisation and dust separation unit is in progress at the Elektrárna Třebovice power station, at which retrofitting of boilers is also under way with a view to reducing their production of nitrogen oxide emissions. Work is also under way on the greening of the ČSM North CHP plant. 

These environmental projects will help to improve air quality in the Ostrava-Karviná area. Nitrogen oxide emissions will be reduced by at least 833 tonnes, sulphur oxide emissions by at least 1,463 tonnes, and dust by almost 9 tonnes. Once these projects are completed, these generating capacities will meet the most stringent emission limits applicable in the European Union.
 
“Veolia takes care of the environment, which is reflected in its investment in new generating capacities, in the refurbishment of the existing energy installations, and in innovations. Veolia Energie’s capital projects carried out last year are intended to improve air quality. We have helped to reduce emissions in the Ostrava area through the above greening projects,” said Vincent Barbier, Director of Veolia Energie in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
 
Another major part of our capital expenditure went on the renovation of heat distribution lines with a view to improving the efficiency of heat supply and providing for reliable heat supply. For example, in Olomouc the second stage of the project to convert the steam-based heat supply system to a hot water system was completed. In 2013 and 2014, Veolia Energie ČR replaced 4,384 metres of pipes and at the earlier stages laid 56,447 metres of modern hot-water pipelines in that city. Thus, 60.8 km of pipes have been replaced in total.
 
Interesting projects for industrial customers were also carried out. An example is the construction of a plant for nitrogen production, with a capacity of 3,300 cu m per hour and 97% gas purity. This nitrogen is supplied to the central distribution system of the coal mining company OKD, a.s.

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In the energy sector, the Veolia group currently provides heat to 2.4 million homes and operates 76,000 energy generating facilities and more than 450 district heating and cooling networks. The Veolia Energie in the Czech Republic group generates and distributes heat, cold and electricity, supplies industrial utilities (such as compressed air and nitrogen) and employs 2,300 people. Integration within the Veolia group gave rise to a group that is one of the twenty largest companies in the Czech economy.
 
The Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 187,000 employees worldwide, the group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2013, the Veolia group supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. The group recorded consolidated revenue of €23.4 billion in 2013.