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Title: Environmental audit existing desalination plant and powerhouse at Madoogali Resort & Spa North Ari Atoll, Maldives
Authors: CDE Consulting
Keywords: Policy and legal framework
Project description
Existing environment
Environmental performance and compliance
Environmental monitoring
Issue Date: May-2011
Citation: CDE Consulting. (2011). Environmental audit existing desalination plant and powerhouse at Madoogali Resort & Spa North Ari 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 desalination plant and powerhouse at Madoogali Resort and Spa, North Ari atoll, Maldives. The project involves the existing powerhouse and the desalination plant in Madoogali. The power generation system involves a powerhouse building that houses three generator sets of capacity 250 kVA x 2 and 100 kVA with total capacity of 600 KVA. There are two fuel storage tanks with total capacity of 30 m3. Desalination system involves one desalination plant of capacity 50 tons per day and one water storage tank capacity of 711 tons. The structural integrity of the facilities are considered good. Noise levels vary from 45 dBA at approximately 40 m to 75 dBA from powerhouse. Noise at the desalination plant is relatively lower at about 65 dBA. 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. 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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