Saturday, February 15, 2014

Indigenous workers on Inpex project given falsified certificates, say trainees | World news |

Indigenous workers on Inpex project given falsified certificates, say trainees | World news |

One trainee told Guardian Australia, at the beginning of the full-time course she and her colleagues were informed they would not be paid, despite believing other Rockstar programs around the nation gave trainees an allowance. Instead, they were guaranteed employment on the Inpex construction site, she said.
Mick Huddy from the Northern Territory CFMEU told Guardian Australia the union was led to believe funding of up to $5,000 per person was made available for the six weeks.
“But the trainees saw none of that,” he said. “There was no food bought for them for their smoko or lunch breaks, nothing to compensate for their time, they were there for six weeks full time.”


  1. Looking at this story "Indigenous workers on Inpex project given falsified certificates" makes me think where would be now had Woodside decided to go ahead and build at JPP?

    The almost non stop rain for one.
    What a disaster this would have been as any blowout near 30% would have seen Woodsides slice of the bill pass the market value of the company.
    A messy end for them.

    Reminds me of Cameron in the UK and Abbott here.
    Both campaigned on the emergency need for austerity - although the heavy lifting is being done by the lowest paid as usual,no matter what they say.

    Cameron is under siege from the elements and they threaten to undermine all his government stands for.
    Could the same happen to Abbott?

    For example; we get a strong El Nino which not only causes severe drought (some areas already have this) but changes the trade winds in the south Pacific to weaken or head east and stop the excess heat from our fossil fuel burning being absorbed by the Pacific Ocean.

    So we then have a drought but with a fire breathing dragon to blast us as well and temperatures soar into the 50C's.

    This would leave Abbott in much the same predicament as Cameron.

    Would Abbott then have to declare "money is no object"?

    A messy end for the climate deniers perhaps?


    Woodside workers would have been under siege from biting insects (if they could even get on-site).

    "Blood-feeding march flies at painfully high numbers"

    ".......The sudden appearance of high numbers of march flies across large parts of Australia is made possible by their soil dwelling larvae. Recent high rainfall events is likely to have triggered the surge in the emergence of adult flies.

    "The larvae can live within the soil for many months or even years. And that is dependent on the type of species of march fly, but also some key factors, one of which is soil temperature and the dampness of the soil. So the current environmental conditions appear to be driving this population boom in march flies,"


    Even worse for the police and riot squad !

    " Dark colours, particularly dark-blue, are known to attract march flies."


    Don't think you are safe up a tree.

    "Researchers in the climbing study observed crocodiles in Australia, Africa and North America. The study documented crocodiles climbing as high as six feet off the ground. But Dinets said he received anecdotal reports from people who spend time around crocodiles of the reptiles climbing almost 30 feet."


    The danger would really start when the trains fire up.
    Would it have been like this?

    "Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia WA president Richard Williams said he had compiled a dossier of four cases of veterans' children with health problems which he believed were related to their fathers' exposure to toxic chemicals during service in Vietnam.

    He also believed the problems were now showing up in the grandchildren of Vietnam veterans."

    "The department said studies in 2000 had found a "higher than expected prevalence of certain conditions among children of Vietnam veterans".

    As a result it had set up a support program that offered treatment-related benefits to children of Vietnam veterans who had been diagnosed with spina bifida manifesta, cleft lip, cleft palate, adrenal gland cancer or acute myeloid leukaemia.

    Mrs Ward's problems, which relate mainly to painful and debilitating severe nerve damage............."


    1. These floods are washing away the founding logic of David Cameron's government

      By announcing that 'money is no object', the prime minister has performed the last rites on the notion of inevitable austerity

      ...............private polling which, I am told, showed voters giving the government dire marks for its handling of the floods thus far – and which in part prompted this week's show of command by David Cameron, including the cancellation of a trip to the Middle East.

      Yet they obscure the moment in this crisis that may cause the prime minister the most lasting damage: the erosion not of the south-west coastal rail line but of the foundation stone on which this government was built – swept away not by raging waves, but by four words uttered by Cameron himself.

      "Money is no object," he said, announcing that he would spend whatever it took to beat back these menacing waters. That's a promise that could haunt him. At its narrowest, it will surely be taken as a pledge to meet every possible cost, the PM casting himself as an unusually generous loss-adjuster to the nation. Never mind that the transport secretary later insisted there was no "blank cheque", residents being charged for sandbags to defend their sodden homes will wonder why the government isn't paying – after all, the man at the top has said money's no object. The same will go for the repair bill when at last the waters recede.

      But that is the least of the damage that Cameron's words have inflicted on himself. For this government was built, the coalition formed, on a single, simple premise: that austerity was unavoidable, that there was no alternative. There could be no more spending, an assertion endorsed by the outgoing Labour government in what must rank as one of the most ill-judged jokes of modern times: "There's no money left," said Liam Byrne in a note left for his successor at the Treasury.

      But now, less than four years on, it turns out that this is no longer true. The PM has told us that, should the need be urgent enough, there is money after all. Limitless supplies of it in fact; enough to defeat nature's wrath. To quote Cameron in full, "Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed for it will be spent."

      This rather undermines the austerity message, for it shows what was always true – that the national belt is not tightened universally and for ever but can be loosened when the government wants to loosen it. The last demonstration of that truth came nearly two years ago, when George Osborne cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p. That destroyed at a stroke the claim that we were all in it together, but it also illuminated a more obvious fact: that, despite all the "no alternative" talk, the government had not lost its power of discretion. Even in the age of austerity, it still got to decide what to spend money on and what not to spend it on.


      A larger hope would be that the experience of floods might translate into an intensified demand for action on climate change. That too could hurt a government that is divided on the causes – the influence of sceptic Nigel Lawson looms large, especially over Osborne – and which abandoned long ago its "vote blue, go green" promise. The winter of 2014 might produce a new constituency – rural, southern and affluent – for the message that cutting carbon emissions is humanity's most urgent challenge.

      Either way, natural disasters are big, even epic, moments in the life of a nation. They can reshape the landscape, political as well as physical. And so far the greatest damage done is to those who like to believe they are in charge – even when the elements say otherwise.

  2. "Indigenous workers on Inpex project given falsified certificates"

    ..............Trainees then went onsite at Blaydin Point, signed up with Australian Apprenticeships to work on the construction of the Inpex onshore facilities. It was here that the trainees allege supervisors asked them to sign off on certificates saying they had completed practical experience on heavy duty machinery including graders, dozers, loaders and trucks, which they had not. The experience was a requirement of completing a certificate III in civil plant operations.

    “We did have log books but they didn’t have any hours in them for machines because we didn’t do any. They asked us for all our log books, then [the log books] mysteriously went missing,” said one employee. The log books were later discovered hidden under a desk in the company office, she said.

    Guardian Australia was told some trainees took the falsified certificates, presented at a graduation ceremony, and some went on to use machinery they were not qualified for. After trainees complained to management, some training was conducted onsite in November 2013 to get trainees up to speed on equipment they already had tickets for, it is believed.

    A spokeswoman for John Holland told Guardian Australia the certificate III construction training program was investigated by senior management following concerns raised by trainees.


    It’s also alleged that Indigenous employees working onsite who are not connected to any training or employment program have received letters from the government suggesting their employer is claiming otherwise.

    “I was never a trainee, I wasn’t an apprentice. I got in on my own terms, and I was receiving letters from the Australian government asking how my Indigenous traineeship/apprenticeship was going with Macmahons,” one worker said.

    A letter from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, seen by Guardian Australia, reads: “According to our records you participated in or are still participating in an apprenticeship or traineeship with or arranged by Macmahon Holdings Ltd.

    “This employer was participating under the Indigenous Employment Program ... We would like to know what you thought of the assistance that was provided.”

    “I rang that department and I was asking what the letter was about,” said the employee the letter was addressed to.

    “They just told me ‘just fill it out and send it back in’. I was trying to tell them I’m not a trainee, and they said it doesn’t matter, just fill it in and send it back.”

    Huddy confirmed the union had been approached by employees with these claims.

    “So one would be led to believe that [the company] is claiming funding for Indigenous people that aren’t even in the traineeship,” he said.

    Huddy said there should be an independent investigation.

    “Especially, number one, is the massive safety issue, asking to sign off on plants they haven’t touched. More concerning is people that aren’t even in traineeships. Someone’s receiving money. Someone’s receiving funding for these traineeships when people aren’t even in traineeships.”

    1. AND ABBOTT is blasting away on his trumpet over a Royal Commission into Unions ?


      Corruption and cover-ups in Leighton Holdings' international construction empire were rife and known to top company executives and directors, according to internal company files.

      It is exactly what got the AWB into trouble with their trucking contract at two to three times market rates.

      Those in the know included the Australian construction giant's chief executive at the time, Wal King, and his short-term successor David Stewart.

      In revelations that will cause international embarrassment for Australia and raise questions about the role of the nation's corporate watchdog, the files expose plans to pay alleged multimillion-dollar kickbacks in Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere, along with other serious corporate misconduct.

      Hundreds of confidential company documents, obtained during a six-month Fairfax Media investigation, also reveal a culture of rewarding corruption or incompetence, and abysmal corporate governance in what looms as the worst recent case of corporate corruption involving a major Australian firm.

      Mr King, one of Australia's most highly regarded chief executives and who has reportedly been approached by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull about taking an NBN Co board seat, was chief executive of Leighton Holdings for 23 years and is a prominent Sydney business community figure.


      A Leighton Holdings subsidiary is facing a corruption inquiry after it won a $5 billion Indian coalmining deal in partnership with a company owned by the family of India's former coal minister. The project has also attracted allegations of human rights abuses, with armed men threatening to harm opponents if they halted work by the Leighton subsidiary, Thiess


      Leighton Holdings' losses stemming from alleged corrupt activities in its offshore operations could rise to more than $500 million, including a potentially hefty fine, analysts warn.

      Brokerage Deutsche Bank said the ''reputational damage'' stemming from the bribery scandal - sparked by stories published by Fairfax Media this week - may ''limit the amount of future work awarded to Leighton'' or lead to cancelled contracts, and could result in a 20 per cent, or $46 million, hit to Leighton's offshore revenues.


      So far the company has defended its conduct by saying federal police were called in as soon as the board became aware of the allegation that Leighton had bribed Iraqi officials, and that a former employee has been sued to recover $5.6 million allegedly misappropriated by a black market barge-building racket in Indonesia. It has further said it takes exception to “sweeping criticisms of its governance structures, processes and integrity”.


      Abbott must revisit anti-bribery laws

      Rob Burgess

      4 Oct 2013

      It is a pity that the first voice to speak out on the political dimensions of the Leighton affair was Greens MP Adam Bandt. Clamping down on corruption in corporate Australia should be at the heart and soul of the Liberal Party; Prime Minister Abbott himself should have been quicker out of the blocks.

      A few hours after the story broke on Thursday, Bandt called for an inquiry into white-collar crime: “This is a test for Tony Abbott. The government must now immediately inquire into the effectiveness of AFP and ASIC at investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime, especially focusing on how well these two agencies work together.

      “The inquiry should consider whether Australia needs to establish a separate body akin to the UK Serious Fraud Office or the US Securities and Exchange Commission. ASIC throws the book at a lone global warming activist who sends out a press release, yet won’t even interview a whistleblower with explosive claims of corruption in Reserve Bank subsidiaries."


      'Nuff said!!!


      Going rogue

      DateOctober 4, 2013

      Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker


      Leighton Holdings is a $6.3 billion ASX- listed company.

      Its subsidiaries include Theiss and John Holland.


      Almost two years have passed since the AFP agents were first called in and they have still not spoken to key witnesses and suspects. The risk of evidence being lost or memories fading is huge.

      One important witness, former top executive Stephen Sasse, won't discuss details about his short stint at Leighton - he was brought in by Stewart but, after pushing for corruption inquiries, was squeezed out - but is prepared to speak publicly about his concern about the response of the AFP and ASIC. He says it appears the federal police are struggling to get on top of the inquiry and in his dealings with the AFP as a witness, the agency appears to treat the case as a low priority. The AFP rejects this, saying the matter is a ''priority''.


      But if the AFP is not acting quickly enough, ASIC appears to have done almost nothing, failing to reach out to even a single witness.

      ASIC refused to answer specific questions, saying the ''AFP have carriage of the Leighton matter''.

      ASIC is already under fire for failing to act when corporate corruption is reported - including in connection to the bribery scandal involving the Reserve Bank's plastic currency firms - leading to calls for an overhaul in Australia of how white-collar crime is investigated.

      In 2012, ASIC fined Leighton for failing to disclose to shareholders the magnitude of losses on its Australian projects and offshore businesses in 2010-11. (This failure was widely suspected inside the company to be partly due to an attempt to shield Leighton's major shareholder, Hochtief, from bad news as it was locked in a hostile battle with debt-laden Spanish conglomerate ACS.)

      It now seems certain that ASIC's probe missed the major corporate governance problems inside Leighton. The firm's reluctance to be frank with the market mirrors its failure to immediately alert authorities about alleged corruption overseas.

      If the corruption under Savage's watch at Leighton International had been exposed and dealt with earlier - or ASIC had taken a far deeper look - the governance failings that allowed suspected graft to flourish may have been addressed and rectified. Instead, Leighton is facing the biggest scandal in its history.

      The punishment handed to Leighton by ASIC for its disclosure failings was laughed at by senior executives. ''ASIC gave us a few speeding tickets'' is how one describes it.

      The company was given a $300,000 fine; one-sixth of the $US2 million bonus given to David Savage and less than one-twentieth of the financial package given to a departing Wal King for their roles building up a corporate empire that, overseas at least, may have been rotten to the core.

    3. Investigation into Indigenous worker safety allegations at Inpex project

      Trainee workers on the $34bn LNG project were allegedly given falsified certificates to operate dangerous machinery

      The federal government is investigating allegations that Indigenous trainees working on a $34bn LNG project were given falsified certificates to operate dangerous machinery they were not trained for, and that other employees were claimed as participants in the federally-funded Indigenous Employment Program.

      Trainees on the Darwin construction site of the Inpex Ichthys LNG processing facility enrolled in the Macmahon-launched Real Opportunities and Careers – Kick Starting Today’s Aboriginal Role-models (Rockstar) program in 2012. Macmahon Holdings entered into a $3.4m contract with the federal government through the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) to deliver hundreds of jobs to Indigenous Australians.


      A spokesman for Inpex told Guardian Australia: “As operator of the Ichthys LNG Project, Inpex is reviewing the allegations made in the Guardian Australia about a training program organised by a subcontractor working under our lead onshore contractor JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd in Darwin.

      “Inpex, our Ichthys Project Joint Venture Participants and our contractors and subcontractors take any allegation relating to safety or equal employment opportunities seriously and we are committed to maximising employment opportunities for ATSI peoples.”

      Inpex would not confirm any details relating to the nature of the review.

      A spokesman for the minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, told Guardian Australia on Friday “the minister has asked the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to review the situation to ensure the organisation is delivering outcomes in accordance with its obligations under the Indigenous Employment Program contract.”

      John Holland Territoria Civil investigated some of the allegations internally last year and said they found “deficiencies” in the training program, but these were now addressed.

      “In consultation with relevant training authorities, we addressed these issues and training subsequently recommenced with stringent protocols in place,” a spokeswoman told Guardian Australia on Friday.

      The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said on Friday it was unaware of any internal investigation but was making further inquiries.

  3. West Virginia water after the spill: 'We do not drink it. My pets do not drink it'

    Very little is yet known about the substance that entered the area’s water – and residents feel angry and misled

    On the morning of 9 January, Twylla Bays pumped a syringe of water into the gastric feeding tube in her 29-year-old daughter Cassy’s abdomen. The reaction was instantaneous and violent: in the space of 30 minutes Cassy, who has muscular dystrophy and is on a ventilator, had seven bouts of diarrhoea.

    At about that time, 15 miles away in Charleston, West Virginia, executives of West Virginia American Water and state officials were deciding when and how to tell 300,000 people their water was not safe to drink.

    By 5pm, when word reached Bays that her tap water was so contaminated it was only fit for flushing toilets, she had given Cassy two more 150cc injections of water along with her medicine and food. Each time, Cassy was sick.

    “I thought, ‘This is crazy, she must have a virus,’ because she got so sick and her belly was cramping so bad. I didn’t think it was in the water,” Bays said. “I kept giving it to her, and giving it to her, because I didn’t know.” Her daughter had shown no signs of illness earlier that day, and her health is generally stable.


    “I don’t think I will ever drink the water,” she said. “I am too scared. I just wonder how much we don’t know.”

    The answer: quite a lot. The officials who made potentially life-altering decisions about the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in the wake of the 9 January spill of 10,000 gallons of a little-known chemical known as MCHM out of a corroded storage tank and into West Virginia’s Elk River were operating in the dark. There is virtually nothing that is known for certain about the toxicity of MCHM or its effect on humans.

    On 13 January, the water company cleared the water for downtown Charleston, including hospitals. Two days later, the Centres for Disease Control warned pregnant women not to drink it. Then West Virginia officials chimed in, advising children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems to avoid the water.

    On 18 January, state officials and the water company gave the all-clear to all areas affected by the MCHM leak – only to find high levels of the chemical in the water at half a dozen schools. At Riverside High School, a science teacher and several students were taken to the hospital on 5 February, after they collapsed from inhaling strong fumes coming out of the taps.

    Then on 21 January, Freedom Industries, the company which owned the tank farm from which the spill came, reported that there had been a second chemical involved in the leak – a mixture of polyglycol ethers, PPH, that had been in the MCHM tank.

    Now, more than a month later, the tell-tale liquorice scent of MCHM still hangs over the storage tank farm on the Elk River that was the source of the contamination.


    Many of those who do bathe in tap water rinse off afterwards with bottled water, in order to avoid skin irritations and rashes.


    The skin on her arms and legs, though faintly scarred in rough and red spots from exposure to tap water, is healing, she said. “It was an extreme rash all over my body,” she said. “It was almost like my skin was coming off … since I have been rinsing with bottled water it’s getting better now, but it’s very itchy. It burns.”

    Drinking the water was even worse. On 23 January, after the all clear, Jackson said she suffered severe stomach pain after taking her first drink of tap water. It was so bad she went to the hospital with fears of appendicitis, Jackson said.

    Those symptoms of stomach pain, violent and uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea as well as skin and eye irritations were consistent with those reported by the nearly 700 West Virginians who turned to the state poison control centre and emergency rooms in the aftermath of the spill.

  4. Fauna protection plans urged ahead of Cape Leveque Rd sealing

    Posted Fri 14 Feb 2014, 3:12pm AEDT

    It has become unclear when work will resume on sealing the Cape Leveque Road, after a Commonwealth request for measures to better protection native fauna in the area.

    The road provides the only access to Dampier Peninsula communities like Beagle Bay and One Arm Point and often becomes impassable during the wet season.

    The Western Australian Government has allocated $20 million to bitumenise a further 77 kilometres of the road and Main Roads is seeking federal environmental approval.

    The Commonwealth Department of Environment has responded with a request for 'avoidance and mitigation' strategies to protect species like the greater bilby and gouldian finch.

    Main Roads says those plans will be submitted by the end of next month.


    CSG exclusion zones finalised

    28 Jan, 12:29 PM

    Resources and Energy

    Exclusion zones and other safeguards to protect homes and high quality farmland from coal seam gas (CSG) projects across about 5.3 million hectares in New South Wales have been finalised.

    NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner says the reforms strike the right balance for communities and industry.

    "Today marks a significant milestone in this government's commitment to balance the energy needs of the state and the need to support our vital agricultural industry," he said in a statement.

    CSG exclusion zones were in force for an estimated 95 per cent of dwellings covered by current petroleum licences and tough regulations were also in place for NSW's most valuable agricultural land, Mr Stoner said.

    He said the government had delivered the strictest regulations around CSG projects in Australia.

    CSG exclusion zones now applied to 2.7 million hectares in NSW, Mr Stoner said.

    In addition, about 2.8 million hectares of valuable farming land was safeguarded by ensuring the impacts on land and water or resource proposals were considered upfront through the independent scientific Gateway process, he said.

    Protection of "critical industry clusters" includes 60,000 hectares of vineyards and horse studs in the Upper Hunter region.

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said in October that CSG exclusion zones with a two-kilometre buffer had been set up across existing residential zones and the northwest and southwest growth centres of Sydney, where new CSG activity is prohibited.

    An additional five future growth residential areas have since been added in the Gosford and Great Lakes council areas, he said.

    The Nature Conservation Council of NSW said the safeguards were a "common sense" victory for those concerned about CSG projects in urban areas but "key water resources and sensitive environmental areas" remained at risk.

    "Drinking water catchments are still not protected, neither are important natural assets like the Pilliga Forest, which is set to be carved up and polluted by gas development," campaigns director Kate Smolski said in a statement.

    The "independent scientific gateway" process, under which a panel conducts a preliminary review of an application before a full proposal is submitted, is pointless, she added.

    "The panel has no power to refuse. The gateway is permanently propped open, leaving productive agricultural land exposed to mining and gas development."

    The NSW Greens called on the O'Farrell government to increase the amount of land protected from coal seam gas mining.

    "Only 3.37 per cent of NSW's land area is protected from fracking for coal seam gas, and only 0.4 per cent of land is classified as a critical industry cluster," Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

    He said that "96.6 per cent of NSW, including most agricultural, environmental and tourism areas, can still be turned into a gas field".

  5. SolarReserve: Next Generation of Solar Energy Storage Advances as Nevada Project Begins Commissioning.

    SolarReserve, a leading worldwide developer of large-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, has announced that construction of the 110 megawatt (MW) Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project located near Tonopah, Nevada, marked another major milestone by entering the plant commissioning phase. Crescent Dunes is the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower energy storage capabilities. SolarReserve's unique and innovative energy storage technology provides for larger scale installations and high efficiency energy collection and storage. The Crescent Dunes Project is more than five times the capacity output of pilot projects that have previously tested this technology.

    As a result of the advanced energy storage technology, the 110 MW project will generate more than 500,000 megawatt-hours per year, enough to power 75,000 homes during peak electricity periods. This annual output is more than twice that of other technologies per MW of capacity, such as photovoltaics (PV) or direct steam solar thermal. The storage technology also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas, which are needed with other technologies to keep the system going during times of no or low solar resource. Nevada's largest electric utility, NV Energy, will purchase 100 percent of the electricity generated, under a 25-year power purchase agreement. Full commercial operation is scheduled for later in 2014.

    Commissioning is the initial stage of bringing the project into operations and includes system-by-system verification and startup, as well as equipment calibration and testing. Commissioning activities underway at Crescent Dunes include energization of the utility interconnection system and other electrical systems, as well as the first stages of testing and calibration of the heliostat field. This heliostat field is comprised of more than 10,000 "billboard-sized" mirrors that track the sun and total more than 1 million square meters of glass. Full commissioning activities will also include startup of the demineralized water, air, steam, cooling and many other systems which are commonly found in traditional power plants. However, unlike traditional power plants, commissioning includes systems unique to Crescent Dunes such as a Heliostat Field Control System that will control and concentrate the sun's energy and also the Molten Salt System that will harness, store and transform the sun's energy into superheated steam, making this the most advanced solar power plant in the world. The facility also includes a dry cooled condenser in a hybrid configuration to minimize water use to levels well below that of conventional power plants.

  6. SolarReserve: Next Generation of Solar Energy Storage Advances as Nevada Project Begins Commissioning.

    "Start of commissioning of the Crescent Dunes solar power plant marks a critical milestone for the project as well as the solar industry. We are now able to build utility-scale power plants, fueled only by the sun, which operate on-demand, day and night, just like traditional fossil fuel or nuclear power plants," said SolarReserve's CEO Kevin Smith. "SolarReserve's industry-leading solar thermal energy storage technology solves the intermittency issue that limits the use of other renewable energy projects and thus enables firm, reliable delivery of electricity whether or not the sun is shining or the wind is blowing."

    The Crescent Dunes plant is the showcase for SolarReserve's game-changing energy storage technology--a realistic solar energy solution that operates day and night like coal, natural gas, oil, diesel and nuclear plants, but without the harmful emissions or hazardous wastes associated those traditional plants. Additionally, Crescent Dunes includes the capability to dry cool the steam cycle, an environmentally friendly low water use feature that will saves millions of gallons of water each year. Once operational, the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant will be the world's largest solar thermal plant with fully integrated energy storage. (2/12/2014)


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