Business and environment report: Environmental outlook for the combustion sector


Do you use gas fired equipment in your factory or on your site?


BG04 in BS5410-2 Code of Practice for liquid fuel firing Part 2


Medium Combustion Plant Directive News


Scotlands' Micro Employer of the Year


Energy Efficiency Award - JBC


Energy Losses - Flue Gas Losses


Quick Step Boilerhouse Efficiency Guide


Benefits of CEA membership - CEA Endorsement


Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme I-GAS


IHEEM WALES 2016 Regional Conference and Exhibition

New to the IHEEM events calendar this summer

This one-day Regional Conference and Exhibition is being held at the Village Hotel Cardiff on Thursday 8 September and will be open to delegates from both the public and private sector.

The conference raises the question: ‘How Safe Is My Hospital?’ - challenging attendees to look at their hospital with renewed vigour.

Every day healthcare estates are under attack in one form or another from both internal and external sources affecting patient safety and the patient environment. Is your hospital safe from government and public scrutiny? Do you keep up to date with legislation as it continues to be revised and are able to demonstrate compliance? How safe is your water supply? In addition to this, the threats to hospital security systems is rising. With information being an essential asset within the hospitals, sensitive or critically important data can be lost in a number of ways - including system failure, data theft, inappropriate usage, unauthorised access and cyber-attacks using computer viruses.

In response to these questions, a plethora of expert speakers from across the healthcare estates sector will be leading discussions on key themes: Water Safety, Governance and Compliance, Hospital Resilience and Hospital Security of IT Systems.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mike Simmons - Consultant Microbiologist, Public Health Wales  

  • Phil Ashcroft - Principal Buildings & Facilities Management Services Engineer, Department of Health  

  • Dr Jimmy Walker - Scientific Leader for Water and Decontamination Biosafety, Air and Water Microbiology Group      

  • Chris Northey - Associate Director, Chapman BDSP and IHEEM President

  • Geoff Walsh - Assistant Director of Planning, Capital, Estates and Operational Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

  • Greg Markham - Technical Director, EMCOR UK and IHEEM Past President 

  • Eugene Conroy - Managing Director, ETA Projects LTD 

  • Graham Marsh - Governance and Compliance Technical Platform Chair and Chair of the South West Branch, IHEEM

  • Julian Amey - Chief Executive, IHEEM


Download the full Conference programme


IHEEM WALES 2016 is a joint venture between IHEEM and the IHEEM Wales Branch who have been working closely to produce an innovative event, that shares best practice and technical knowledge.

This regional event will feature a variety of expert speakers from across the UK presenting sessions that will have a universal appeal for attendees from across the UK.


Business and environment report: Environmental outlook for the combustion sector

The Environment Agency regulates a wide range of activities that affect the environment, people and the economy in England, from large industries to small companies and individuals. For our country to prosper we need to protect people and the environment, as well as support our industries to grow and innovate. As a regulator, we work to protect public health, improve air, land and water quality, and apply the environmental standards and regulation within which industry can operate.

Businesses we regulate can expect us to be proportionate, efficient, and easy to interact with. In return, we expect businesses to take their share of responsibility, take action to reduce their impact on the environment, and fully comply with their legal requirements.

This assessment sets out the progress made by the combustion (power) sector of industry working with us to achieve these aims, and we would like to thank Energy UK, tech UK, the Combustion Engineering Association and the UK Quality Ash Association for their valuable input. It presents an overview of sector performance, impacts on the environment and a forward look to the challenges, risks and opportunities that the future presents.


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Do you use gas fired equipment in your factory or on your site?

“I-GAS” A qualification for maintenance personnel and gas fitters working in industry to demonstrate competence.

Many people in industry are under the impression that the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 do not apply to them or their employees within their factory premises. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong and there is a clear requirement to provide suitable training and assessment for anybody working on gas equipment in industry no matter what equipment they are working on. The statement below is an extract from the regulations.

Guidance to Regulation 3 of the ‘Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998’ (GSIUR) says:

 “Gas work for those working at premises that fall outside the scope of the Regulations should only be undertaken by a person who has successfully completed an appropriate full training course followed by assessment of competence”.

Why do we need I-GAS?

Blue Flame Associates said “For many years the need to ensure that any gas operative that we employ are Gas Safe Registered and previously CORGI Registered has been accepted by most users. And it has been the general belief that by using Gas Safe Registered operatives, we can be assured that the operative has undertaken independent competence assessments and will be safe to work on our installation, however, this is generally true for domestic and commercial installations, but for industry this has always been a contentious and confusing issue.

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BG04 in BS5410-2 Code of Practice for liquid fuel firing Part 2

BS5410-2 Code of Practice for liquid fuel firing Part 2:

Installations providing space heating, hot water and steam supply services to non-domestic buildings and para Water treatment for industrial boilers contains the following statement:

“Feed water for steam boilers should be pre-treated to ensure that it meets the quality limits set by the boiler manufacturer. In order to protect the boiler, the quality of the boiler feed water should be subject to continuous monitoring and control to ensure it remains within the limits specified by the boiler manufacturer. Advice should be obtained from a water treatment specialist which should be followed at all times.


Industrial boiler water treatments should follow ICOM Energy Association/CEA guide to Water treatment for industrial boiler plant.” BG04.


To attend the BG04 - Steam Boiler Water Treatment Training Course please see details here

To purchase your hardcopy of BG04 or BG03 please contact CEA on 01740 625538 or for more information please click here


Medium Combustion Plant Directive News

Click the links below to find information on the MCPD which was transposed into UK Law in January 2018:

Environmental Permitting Regulations 2018

MCPD Article, what changes will affect you?

Emissions Legislation Presentation


For the most up-to-date information please attend our next CEA Conference at Cheltenham Chase on 25th, 26th & 27th September 2018.

Click here for further details


Scotlands' Micro Employer of the Year

Highland company Boiler and Valve Engineering was named as Scotland’s Micro Employer of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018. The specialist engineering firm recruited two apprentices in one year because of its belief in the value they bring to the business. Managing Director Andrew Macdonald believes apprentices bring energy and enthusiasm that can only benefit his business, which provides maintenance services for major distilleries and public sector organisations across Scotland.

 Micro_Employer_of_the_Year.jpgPictured: Andrew MacDonald with apprentices Kenneth Murdoch, Connor Brown and Skills Development Scotland chairman John F McClelland CBE.

Nairn-based Boiler and Valve Engineering Ltd has been named Micro Employer of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

The specialist engineering firm has recruited two engineering apprentices to its five-strong workforce since forming 18 months ago and both are studying towards a qualification at Inverness College UHI as part of its modern apprenticeship programme.

Second year apprentice Kenneth Murdoch has been with the firm since the outset and attends Inverness College UHI one day per week, studying for an HNC in Engineering Systems.

Connor Brown is a first-year apprentice who joined the firm this year. He attends Inverness College UHI two days per week and is studying towards an SVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations.

Boiler and Valve Engineering Ltd, which specialises in industrial steam and hot water boilers for major distilleries and public-sector organisations, was nominated by the university in recognition of its strong commitment to the apprenticeship scheme and the belief in the value they bring to a company.

The awards took place at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 16th November.

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Energy Efficiency Award - JBC

Prestigious Award for Energy Efficiency won by JBC!JBC2.jpg

JBC are proud to announce that they are the winners in the prestigious ‘Motion Control Industry Awards’ in the Environmental & Energy Efficiency Award Category with their Oilon burners and Ecosafe electronic digital control system.

There was some stiff competition as JBC was up against strong finalists such BOGE high speed turbo compressors, direct air and pipework compressor systems and X-Design Pheu-Saver compressed air recycling.

Numerous case studies, product information and testimonials had to be submitted to the judging panel, along with a strong evidence criteria and valid reasons to be considered in order to qualify as finalists. 

JBC scored highly in this category, showing substantial savings and efficiency in each case, as well as its excellent customer service levels. 

The winners were announced at the Plant & Asset Management Exhibition at the NEC on10th April and was presented to Pete Nicholls of JBC and Kari Palo of Oilon.


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Energy Losses - Flue Gas Losses

The fact is the number one area of energy loss is the stack. Flue gases leaving the chimney above ambient temperature waste huge amounts of energy. You don’t have to try hard to get a feeling for the scale of problem facing the user.

In every household there’s a hair dryer, usually rated at around 1.5 kW, producing a warm gentle breeze which adds up to 12,000kWh when run for 8,000hrs. This is miniscule when compared to the hot exhaust gases being discharged from the average industrial chimney. In comparison, the hair dryer hardly produces sufficient output to scare off a cabbage white butterfly from your prize runner beans!

Anyone standing near the top of a stack, or even at ground level, when the plant is operational, cannot fail to appreciate just how much energy is contained in the huge volume of hot air racing through the flue and into the atmosphere, thus costing the operator a small fortune.

Flue gases are a fact of life and the reasons for excessive temperatures are varied but much of the heat contained within them can be harnessed by a variety of different methods.

These will be dealt with in later bulletins but suffice to say there are enormous savings to be made in this area.


Using yesterday’s technology to burn tomorrow’s energy

The savings potential for flue gas energy losses is often gigantic.

Calculation example:

Flue gas losses from a 10 MW oil-fired combustion plant operating at 15 bar with a flue gas temperature of 250°C under 24hr operation:







Click here for tips worth consideration.


Quick Step Boilerhouse Efficiency Guide

Go greener and boost the efficiency of your boilerhouse with Spirax Sarco’s new quick step guide

In the current economic and political environment, businesses are under increasing pressure to save on fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Spirax Sarco has launched a new guide that will show you how to increase efficiency and productivity whilst raising your company’s environmental profile.

In this guide, author and boilerhouse specialist Chris Coleman talks about five key measures which can help you lower energy consumption, reduce maintenance and carbon emissions, promote cleaner steam and ultimately lower your bottom line.

Learn the benefits of the magic five:

  • Reverse osmosis
  • TDS controls
  • Flash steam recovery
  • Exhaust gas heat recovery
  • Steam conditioning

Click Here to learn more about how these five key measures can help you save money and help the environment.


Benefits of CEA membership - CEA Endorsement

A retired industrial Engineer who is now working as a competent person inspecting Heritage Steam Plant and equipment.


I have found individual membership beneficial to myself along with BOAS accreditation. BOAS accreditation was an important part of professionally proving my competence to operate and look after steam plant. I found that maintaining membership was useful in assisting to keep me up to date with changes as they happened around the steam industry.

The Combustion Engineering Association Conference and workshop programme allows you to absorb legislation and your responsibilities with a group of likeminded people and together improve your knowledge and understanding of the subject. All the speakers know their subject and you get the chance to interact with them and get advice in plain English. The sessions are practicable and relevant with a chance to interact with others operating steam equipment where you can also share your experiences.

Membership also gives you the chance to get involved with the C.E.A. and help to make a difference. Their work on the Boiler Operator Accreditation, Boiler Feed Water (BG04) and Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme (I-GAS) which needed members to get together and write and set up the system and documents. This needs input from experts in their respective fields as well as some input from the intended recipients. If we put nothing in ourselves to CEA we will get nothing out, so attending and taking part will help you, others and the C.E.A.


Keith Hawkins

Eng Tech MSOE MIPlantE



Industrial Gas Accreditation Scheme I-GAS

The CEA I-GAS scheme provides a comprehensive qualification for Maintenance fitters, Technicians, Engineers and Designers of Industrial Gas Systems.

People in factories often think they are exempt from the ‘Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998’ (GSIUR) but they are wrong, the paragraph in blue is key to helping people understand compliance with the regulations.

Guidance to Regulation 3 of the GSIUR states:

“Gas work for those working at premises that fall outside the scope of the Regulations should only be undertaken by a person who has successfully completed an appropriate full training course followed by an assessment of competence”.

The CEA’s Industrial Gas Operations Accreditation Scheme (I-GAS) was officially launched in March 2017 and has been created to fill this gap, it was created in collaboration with industrial gas training providers/centers, manufacturers of combustion equipment, and employers.

It is the only formal training and accreditation scheme currently available that is specifically designed for maintenance staff and technicians working with gas in industrial premises.

For further information on the I-GAS course please click here

I-GAS Training Providers

Level 1

Combustion Engineering Association – 01740 625538

NETPark, Thomas Wright Way, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 3FD


Level 2 & Level 3

Blue Flame Associates

Nick Evans, - 0845 1949 040 (if calling from mobiles 01782 576810)

Unit 8 High Carr Network Centre, Millennium Way, High Carr Business Park, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 7XE


Steve Johnston, - +44 (0)1253 697078

Unit 8 Broughton Way, Off Thompson Rd, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5QN


Paul Nolan, - +44 (0)23 92333813

Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA

Kiwa  - Level 2 only

Andrew Mathews, - T: +44(0)1242 508790 M: +44(0)7718 570566

Kiwa House, Malvern View Business Park, Stella Way, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 7DQ, UK


Upcoming Courses

Click here for Level 2 & Level 3 courses


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