In October 2018, older facilities will lose their grandfathered status.
Energy facilities built prior to 1988 often fail to meet the Permissible Sound Levels (PSL) set forth by Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) regulations.
These facilities are considered “grandfathered”, or “deferred”, and currently have a relaxed PSL; however, this is set to expire in October 2018 as mandated in AER’s Directive 038 and AUC’s Rule 012. All expansions requiring licensing will be delayed until noise compliance is achieved.
Are You Prepared to Meet the New Requirements?
Patching Associates works with energy companies across Alberta to ensure deferred facilities will be compliant prior to the October 2018 deadline. The process often requires complex field measurements. Proactively planning for 2018 allows us to collaborate on meaningful noise control strategies and actionable budgets with our clients to ensure the necessary action is taken in time.
Do you have older facilities?
- We provide you with data you need to create long-term budget forecasts.
- We mitigate the risk of shutdown and non-compliance regulatory action.
- We allow for competitive bidding for noise control equipment.
- We recommend cost-effective noise control solutions tailored to your operation.
- We provide solid and defendable documentation on PSLs.
- We help you plan proactively, to avoid regulatory delays in 2018.
Identify a deferred facility
Once a deferred facility is identified, we prepare a quote to gather field data.
Perform field measurements
We conduct detailed sound intensity measurements at the facility in order to construct a 3D noise model.
While conducting field measurements, we simultaneously conduct far field noise monitoring to validate noise models and assess sound emission variation over time.
Qualify the model
We calibrate & validate our 3D model to ensure accuracy.
We prepare reports that detail the current PSL of your facility. We also establish control recommendations to achieve the 2018 target PSL.
Next we work with you to refine a plan and help establish budget pricing for noise control costs. We then work with you to implement that plan.
As we collaborate, we continuously reassess our efforts to confirm optimum noise control measures and final compliance.