Because it is too expensive to operate on electricity, Thames Water keeps its emergency drought plant SHUT.
According to a local MP, a £250 million Thames Water emergency drought plant may have been shut down due to “the cost of electricity on it.”
The Beckton desalination plant in east London was advertised as a significant supply of potable water to deal with drier UK summers, but it is currently inactive during a summer that has already seen the highest recorded temperatures.
Reverse osmosis, a process that requires both electricity and heat, is used in desalination plants to transform seawater into fresh water.
The plant’s operating costs, according to Thames Water, are about £660 for every million liters produced, as opposed to £45 for a typical plant.
East Ham’s Stephen Timms, an MP, questioned whether the closure occurred because “they aren’t willing to pay and run it.”
“It does seem puzzling to me when clearly we are in a situation which is exactly the kind of situation where this plant was intended to help us, it seems very strange that it’s out of action,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph.
If it’s planned maintenance, shouldn’t you schedule it for a time other than when it will be used most frequently?
“Of course, they should tell us if it’s because of the cost of electricity on it and they simply aren’t willing to pay and operate it,” they should respond.
According to Thames Water, the Beckton plant’s Gateway Water Treatment Works is “out of service” due to “necessary planned work.”
The plant is the only one in the UK designed to convert salty seawater into fresh water, and it was inaugurated by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2010.
It stated that short-term hosepipe bans would still be necessary to reduce water usage, regardless of the plant’s current operational status.
The plant was initially conceived in 2004, but wasn’t authorized until 2008.
There are still questions about whether it has ever been fully operational, but once finished in 2010, it has been used to fill up London’s reservoirs during dry spells.
Its capacity to provide an additional 150 million liters of water per day was initially advertised, but this has since been revised down by a third to 100 million.
By situating the plant on an estuary, where fresh Thames water would dilute the salt in seawater, Thames Water, according to an insider with the water company, hoped to lower operating costs.
However, since it didn’t take into account how the salinity varied throughout the day, it…
Short Summary of Nokia News.
The Beckton plant in east London was built in 2010, but is under maintenance It costs ten times more to run than a standard plant, according to Thames WaterStephen Timms questioned whether it was because ‘they aren’t willing to pay’