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|Title: ||Environmental audit for registration of existing desalination plant and improvement to existing football ground at Kuredu Island Resort Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives|
|Authors: ||CDE Consulting|
|Keywords: ||Desalination plant|
Legislative and regulatory considerations
Environmental performance and compliance
Environmental impact assessments
|Issue Date: ||May-2011|
|Citation: ||CDE Consulting. (2011). Environmental audit for registration of existing desalination plant and improvement to existing football ground at Kuredu Island Resort Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of this Environmental Audit report is to fulfill the requirements of the Environmental
Protection Agency to carry out the registration of the powerhouse, desalination plant and improvement
of existing football ground in Kuredu Island Resort, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives.
The power generation system involves a powerhouse building that houses seven diesel fired generator
sets with total capacity of 4585 KVA and a fuel storage facility with total capacity of 240,000 litres.
Desalination system involves three plants with a total capacity of 210 tonnes of desalinated water per
day and two water storage tanks with storing capacity of 1040 tonnes.
The project involves improvements of the existing football ground which is dedicated to the staff purely
for their recreational purpose. The major development proposed for this football ground is to level off
the ground install drainage system.
The structural integrity of the facilities is considered good. Noise levels are perceived as high for a mixed
residential and industrial zone although it must be taken into account that space is limited and location
of staff areas near powerhouse is inevitable.
The main environmental impacts associated with this project include, increased noise levels and other
emissions, potential risk for ground water and soil contamination due to fuel spills and leaks, damages
to vegetation due to heat and smoke generated from the power house, potential impact on the marine
environment due to brine discharge from the desalination process. Visual observation identifies no
notable damage to existing vegetation around the powerhouse building and no indication of any fuel
spills around the powerhouse area. Marine water quality tests identify no significant contamination.
Groundwater quality tests are insufficient to draw conclusions.
Improvement to the football grounds is not expected to cause significant adverse impacts. Drainage of
water during operation phase will positively affect the groundwater aquifer by contributing to
recharging of the aquifer.
Mitigation measures that are in place to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the
operation of the two facilities include planting of trees in high noise areas and improved maintenance of
generator sets.In order to protect the environment from potential fuel spills, fuel storage facilities are
bunded to contain any spills and proper pipelines are established for safe fuel transfers.
A monitoring plan is proposed to observe any changes taking place due to the operation of powerhouse
and desalination plant. In the event that monitoring indicates that any environmental quality is
deteriorating to unacceptable levels, the proponent will correct operation procedures that are
contributing to the problem and/or undertake necessary engineering installations.|
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