Please provide Commissioning Report of Romney Weir hydropower scheme and the current daily output.

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Dear Environment Agency,

I understand that the Romney Weir Archimedean screws were commissioned on 24 June 2013.

Mr S Naylor, Hydropower Manager at the Agency, reports that the Romney Weir Archimedean screws are producing lower than design power because of low water flow.The developer of Romney Weir reported in the press that the screws at Romney were producing only two-thirds of the design output.

A video of the Romney Weir Archimedean screws taken on 17 June 2013 before they were commissioned shows them rotating at about 23 RPM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ2sr1iMtTI

A video of the same screws taken on 14 October 2013 shows them rotating at about 13 RPM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXHRtNulVWw

Can you please provide a copy (via email) of the Romney Weir Hydro Scheme Commissioning Report? Can you also please confirm the current daily output from the Romney Weir screws?

Thank you, in anticipation.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post

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Dear Mr Post

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 17 October, 2013.

 

Please find attached my letter and commissioning report with our standard
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Dear WT Enquiries,

Thank you for providing me with the Commissioning Report of the Romney Weir hydropower development.

Can you please now provide me with the daily output of the turbines since they were commissioned in June that I also requested. Romney Weir is known as the Virginia Station and the screws are often stationary.

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Post

Thank you for your email of 18 November with regard to the above enquiry.

I apologise for omission in my letter. We do not hold records of the power generation of the turbines. This is a matter for the developer. We would suggest that you contact Southeast Power Engineering Limited via their website www.sepengineering.com

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Dear WT Enquiries,

Thank you for your response. Since the developer is receiving Feed in Tariff payments, surely such information should be in the public domain?

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

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Dear Mr Post

I refer to your email of 20 November, 2013.

I called Mr David Dechambeau of Southeast Power Engineering Ltd. His name and telephone number are on their website. He informed me that the records for power generation were not in the public domain.

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Dear Melinda,

Thank you for your response.

Unfortunately Mr DeChambeau does not reply to letters or emails. Following the visit to Romney Weir in February this year I sent him the following email followed by a letter when I received no reply to the email:

David DeChambeau,
Southeast Power Engineering Ltd,
Melita House,
124 Bridge Road,
Chertsey,
Surrey KT16 8LH

Dear David

I was one of the party from Marlow whom you entertained to the interesting visit to Romney weir last Tuesday. I have used your SEPEL website to try to contact you, but it does not appear to be working.

You say on the SEPEL website: “Southeast Power Engineering has a variety of projects underway or under investigation in the UK, Europe and the USA.” You say on your LinkedIn profile: “Successfully designed a system and construction method for the first hydropower system on the River Thames in England. Currently developing several other hydropower and wind power sites in England and Eastern Europe.”

I should be grateful if you would let me have a list of the projects that you have underway or completed in the UK, Europe and the USA and which hydropower and windpower sites you are currently developing in England and eastern Europe.

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely

Mike Post

When Mr DeChambeau was asked at Marlow Town Council on 7 March to name all the projects to which he made reference on his website, he replied that Romney Weir was the only one.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

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Dear Mr Post

Thank you for your email of today.

We note your comments, but there is nothing further that we can do on this matter.

With regards

Melinda Crosfield
Customers and Engagement Officer
Environment Planning and Engagement
West Thames
Direct Dial : 01491 828511
Environment Agency, Red Kite House, Howbery Park,
Wallingford, OX10 8BD 

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