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Issue 3 - January 2012

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Annual General Meeting 2012

Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Chamber of Engineers will take place on Friday, 24th February 2012 at the Federation of Professional Associations, Sliema Road, Gzira starting at 1800hrs.

Your active participation to the AGM is important as we shall review the past year's performance and achievements while discussing our future objectives. All members are urged to attend. Kindly note that only paid-up members are entitled to vote. Membership fees will be accepted before the meeting commences.


Consultation Meeting on Environmental Permitting

A delegation led by President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino recently met with MEPA representatives Mr. Michael J. Sant and Ms Rachel Decelis, to discuss the issue of environmental permitting. Ings. Ray Vassallo, Nicholas Bellizzi, Daniel Micallef, Paul Refalo, Chris Sammut and Michaela Camilleri.

MEPA is currently carrying out a public consultation on a system of environmental permitting to improve the regulatory framework applicable to industrial activities of environmental significance. This system would result in improved protection of the environment, while offering several advantages to industry, such as legal certainty, clearer definition of environmental liability and the opportunity to identify priority environmental issues to enable appropriate risk management.


CoE Meeting with MEPA on Environmental Permitting

Water - a 21st Century Challenge

The Chamber of Engineers is proud to announce the launch of its 21st Annual Conference, entitled "Water: A 21st century challenge".  The aim of this conference is to analyse the ongoing developments and challenges being faced both locally and internationally.

In this regard, the Chamber is currently accepting submissions of abstracts related to water issues.  Contributors whose abstract is accepted will be required to give a presentation of their work during the conference, which will be held on 9th May, 2012.


CoE meets Sargas AS

The CoE recently met with Norwegian company Sargas AS. The Sargas representatives gave a presentation on a proposed green power plant in Malta, which, they claimed, would substantially lower costs than the power produced today as well as current plans. The compact power plant produces exhaust gases that are cheaper than required by EU regulation, with extremely low emissions of Co2, SO2, NOx, Mercury, soot and dust.

The fuel consists of bio paste, which is a mix of biomass and fossil fuel. The plant captures 95% of CO2 in the exhaust including CO2 from biomass and fossil fuel. The proposed 360MWe plant will annually produce and export 2.36Mton CO2, of which up to 50% may derive from biomass. The Co2 is exported out of Malta by ship to Denmark where it will be stored underground. With 10-20% biomass the plant will act as a CO2 sink, also known as bio energy carbon capture and storage.

The new proposed power plant will decrease the cost of electricity. It can be configured either at 180MW, meeting the Base Load required for Malta, or 360MW with the strategic aim to export clean energy to Italy and the European grid.

The full scale reference plant in Stockholm is presently operational with up to 32% biomass in the fuel mix, composed of olive seeds imported from the Mediterranean area and projecting to utilise a 50% biomass fuel mix by 2015.

The representatives explained that the next step is a feasibility study that will verify local regulations and requirements, as well as confirm the site’s (Delimara) viability.

CoE meeting with Sargas

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