During a Barry Town Council EGM it was decided BTC would put aside £10,000 to commission an independent report on the risks of the Biomass No.2 UK Ltd plant. This was done by a company called Capita who are frequently used by local authorities.
After this report was published and subsequently sent to Natural Resources Wales there was money left over and at a BTC meeting (attended by a few hundred members of the public) it was decided a separate fire risk report would also be a good idea as the fire risks was absent from the initial report.
This fire risk report was again carried out be Capita and can be downloaded below.
The summary of the fire report is as follows:
The following recommendations are made on the premise that the auditor has complied the report following a review of the two documents supplied by Barry Town Council. 1) Fire Prevention Plan, DOC REF: BUK-E10 (prepared by Sol Environment Ltd dated October 2016. 2) Barry Wood Gasification Facility Permit Application Review, (prepared by Capita, dated April 2017).
• Waste wood arriving on site should be monitored for moisture content and temperature (The previous history and age of the stock is an unknown liability).
• There should be CO and CO2 monitoring devices within enclosed storage areas. What arrangements have been made for CO & CO2 monitoring?
• It is recommended that the designated smoking area is fitted with an electronic cigarette lighter (http://ciglow.co.uk/ or similar product). Staff should be encouraged to leave all ignition devices in their locker in the welfare area. Visitors to site should quarantine ignition devices with in their vehicles.
• Undetected fires may smoulder and form long after the processing plant and equipment has been shut down / turned off. Therefore a fire watch at least two (2) hours after the end of operations. Note this is an increase on the stated time of one (1) hour.
• The following procedures will be carried out when ‘hot work’ (i.e. maintenance / repair) is being carried out on site: A fire watch will be conducted at the scene of any hot work at least two (2) hours after hot work has finished as sparks from hot work can smoulder for a significant time period. Note this is an increase on the stated time of one (1) hour.
• The risk of CO poisoning is always present with in a biomass system as the flue gases generally contain higher concentrations than gas oil. Hence the requirement in Building Regulations AD J, 2010 to install a CO monitor in the same room as all solid fuel appliances. Health and safety in biomass systems, Design and operation guide; Combustion Engineering Association, 2011.
• It is recommended that ‘Coldfire’ (www.hydronavitas.com) is added to all water suppression systems (the % dose rate of Coldfire will be calculated by hydronavitas) This is an environmental friendly wetting agent additive that will significantly reduce the impact of a fire on the site. The product is bio degradable and is able to be discharged into drainage/water courses.
• The supplied reports do not specify the water supplies held on site. ‘A 300m3 of combustible material will normally require a water supply of at least 2000litres a minute for a minimum of 3 hours’ Fire prevention and mitigation plan guidance- waste (Natural Resources Wales: Version 1, May 2016). Confirm the water capacity on site available for firefighting.
• The reports do not specify the capacity/ volume of the drainage system and overflow into the attenuation tank, this should be specified.
• A designated assembly point must be nominated.
• The site manager and fire wardens must receive appropriate training to their roles. Regular staff training and fire drills will need to be organised with the plant employees.