Posted on February 5, 2007 - ( views)
MCERTS (Monitoring Certification Scheme) was set up by the Environment Agency and sets minimum requirements for the quality, installation and control of self monitoring ofeffluent flow. It is now being rolled outacross other industry sectors and has also been extended to include the requirement to measure, collect and collate monitoring data. The scheme is being built at Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) Aldbrough involves creating caverns a mile underground through solution mining- a process where seawater is injected into wells within a salt bed to dissolve the mineral and create caverns. During solution mining, brine is pumped out of the cavern and discharged into the North Sea. This process is authorised by the Environment Agency and as part of the discharge consent conditions a flow monitoring system was required that met the MCERTS self monitoring of effluent flow standard. A key factor in Jacobs’ decision to use Krohne’s Tidalflux was that the instrumentis capable of accurately and reliably measuring the flow rate of the brine despite the pipe only being partially filled. This can beas low as 10 per cent. It was also capable of measuring a maximum flow rate of 2052m3/hr. The configuration of the measurement electrodes within the Tidalflux means it is unaffectedby any residues that may be floatingon the water surface. It is also unaffected by the motion of the brine and the flow profile of water. The Tidalflux has a built-inpolyurethane liner, which is resistant to abrasion caused by particles such as sand and stones suspended in the brine. Dr Roger Wilde from Jacobs said: “Achieving the MCERTS self monitoring of effluentflow standard was important to the success of this project. This is the first time that the Environment Agency has approved an industrial flow measuring system to this standard outside the water industry and Krohne’sTidalflux has formed an essential role in usgaining this certificate.”Paul Wiggins, technical advisor at the Environment Agency, said: “As the first non-water industry site to be put through the MCERTS self monitoring of effluent flow scheme, I am pleased to say that the SSE Aldbrough site set up met the requirements and it is great to see the first industry MCERTS site conformity certificate being awarded.”
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