MCPD - The Medium Combustion Plant Directive 

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The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is on it’s way and will be transposed into UK law by 19th December 2017. The MCPD  places strict controls on emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates to the atmosphere for all boilers, burners, turbines and engines more than 1MWth input.

This means that anyone with a boiler generating around 1.3 ton/hr of steam or more, or using a CHP or diesel generator of around 400kVA or more, will need to take action. The Environmental Agency (EA) has been appointed as the regulatory body to oversee compliance. 

If your company runs any combustion plant from 1MW thermal Input up to 50 MWth you will fall into the MCPD. The emission limits have already been set for the European Union and a number of staging dates set for the various sizes and types of industrial plant.

JBC have invested time and resources in order to advise our customers on how and if MCPD affects them and what their options are.

The directive fills in the gap between the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (the IED) and the “Eco-Design” Directive 2009/125/EC and applies to both new and existing equipment. In some cases, plants may be exempt if covered by another directive.

Emissions Limit Values (ELV’s) will vary depending on the type of plant and fuel used and will take into account the date it was commissioned. Carbon monoxide (CO) will also need to be monitored under the new regulations.

New plants are required to have a permit from 20th December 2018 before they are eligible to operate.

installations up to 20 MW will be inspected every 3 years and those between 20 MW and 50 MW annually. 

Existing plants will not need to obtain a permit until January 2024 if over 5MW and 2029 for smaller plants.

Any plant that is not compliant can only run for a maximum of 500 hours per year over 5 years and must not exceed 200 mg/Nm3.

For help, advice and updated information on MCPD contact info@jbcmail.co.uk, putting ‘MCPD Advice’ as the subject header or contact 0113 220 3830 and ask for Matthew Schofield.