A COMPANY which released a harmful greenhouse gas into the air while working at DP World has been fined more than Â£21,000.
Schneider Electric had been installing equipment at the DP World London Gateway port, in Stanford-le-Hope, when it released sulphur hexafluoride, known as SF6, and failed to recover the gas.
Faults with the circuit breaker equipment were found to be responsible for the release of gas.
During installation, a metallic strip, known as a busbar, that joins two circuit breakers together was found to be faulty and needed to be removed.
When the operation to remove to the busbars took place, up to 15kg of SF6 was released into the air.
Magistrates ordered the company to pay a Â£3,000 fine and Â£18,368 in costs.
The company admitted to failing to ensure greenhouse gases were recovered from the product while at the Stanford-le-Hope port on Monday, June 10, 2013.