Risknowlogy Takes On HAZOP Leader Role At Gasification Power Plant

risknowlogy 2008-09-18

Four Years Hazards and Risk Analysis

Zug, Switzerland – – 18 September 2008 – – Risknowlogy®, a leading provider of risk, reliability, safety and certification solutions, announced today that they made an agreement with NUON to actively participate as independent HAZOP leader in the hazard and risk analysis currently under taken at their Gasification power plant in Buggenum, The Netherlands.

Nuon Power Buggenum produces and delivers electricity. This electricity is generated in the Willem-Alexander Power Plant located in the centre of Limburg, in Buggenum (municipality of Haelen, near Roermond). This power plant uses gasification to transform fuels into energy. Coal and secondary fuels are used as an energy source to generate this power. Compared to conventionally heated power plants, gasification provides a number of benefits. One of these is that emissions into the air are much lower. By gasifying coal and secondary fuels instead of burning them, the emissions of acidic compounds (sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide), and of solid particles are greatly reduced because the coal gas is thoroughly purified.

NUON Power Buggenum operates their power plant under the SEVESO II directive. A continuous hazard and risk analyses effort is under taken at the power plant to demonstrate compliance with the directive. Part of this effort is a HAZOP analysis which is repeated every 5 years. NUON has hired Risknowlogy B.V., The Netherlands, to deliver independent HAZOP leaders for this analysis.

“This is a great opportunity for Risknowlogy”, says Frank Kozole, Managing Director Risknowlogy The Netherlands. “The gasification plant in Buggenum is a complex plant due to its experimental design and nature. The next four years Risknowlogy will periodically carry out the HAZOP leader role at NUON.”.

About NUON

Nuon is an ambitious energy company, serving more than three million consumers and organisations with over 10,000 employees in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Nuon produces, transports and delivers electricity, gas, heating and cooling, and engages in energy trading in the major international markets. Nuon also supplies additional services and technological innovations to businesses and consumers. In doing so, Nuon aims to provide a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy supply.

With a turnover of EUR 5.7 billion in 2007, Nuon occupies a prominent position in the Dutch energy market. The shares are held by local and regional authorities.

Effective 1 July 2008, Nuon was split into a network company and a production and supply company. The two companies now operate independently under a financial holding company and a joint Management Board.

About Risknowlogy

Risknowlogy is a leading provider of technical risk management solutions including knowledge, services, and products in the functional safety industry. Risknowlogy’s key focus is on the clients in need of risk, reliability, security and safety engineering solutions.