Subject Area

Chemical Engineering

Article Type

Original Study


The research describes the Gaussian plume model used to estimate the concentration of pollutants emitted from power plants and dispersed in the atmosphere. The object of the research is to compare the air quality between areas which is near to source station and away from the source station. The research estimates the concentrations of pollutants released from six electric power stations in Kuwait using the Gaussian plume model. A power plant with a stack height of 100 m, stack diameter of 2 m, and an emission rate of 1 kg/s for each station is considered. The Pasquill-Gifford stability categories are applied to classify atmospheric stability. All stations considered in research indicate PM10 concentration dominating by having a high contribution of concentrations, the next major threats would be from ozone, nitric oxide & CO2. Comparing the stations' geological position with the source point it is concluded that the station near to source has more chance of air pollution compared to far points similarly the wind direction and speed also have an impact on plume dispersion as seen from the results of Kbad and Al-Mansouriya stations. The research also acknowledges the limitations of this model and the importance of monitoring pollutant emissions from power plants.


Power Stations Emissions, Air Quality, Gaussian plume model, Kuwait

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