While all analyses were carried out by accredited laboratories, evaluation and assessment of the results were carried out by IMP. After completing the test phase and commissioning the power plant, the corresponding measurements are now repeated since 2015.
When measurements are completed, which is expected for 2018, the results from the reference and operational state will be compared to each other and the effects of the recorded impacts from the power-plant construction will be evaluated.
First intermediate results were able to quantify the impact of the existing power plant as well as the additional effect of the new power plant. Furthermore, the profile measurements allow for the estimation of the shape and size of the temperature plume. Inspection of pollution levels primarily exhibits that the analysed pollutant parameters vary across a broad range both at the reference points and at the positions inside the discharge plume.
Finally, it is intended to compare the results to the assumptions of impact forecasts created during the approval procedure so that the basis for approval can be verified conclusively.