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08 Oct 2009 12:10:01

Coal power station delayed

Coal power station delayed
Proposals to build a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in the UK have been postponed by up to three years.

E.On, the energy firm behind the scheme, has told environmental groups that the delay is due to a decrease in demand for electricity caused by the worldwide economic climate.

The site in Kent is still expected to be built "around 2016" once industry and consumer demand increases.

There has not been a coal-fired power station built in Britain for more than 30 years and campaigners are concerned that the plant would result in a rise in carbon emissions.

A spokesman for E.On said: "As a group, we remain committed to the development of cleaner coal and carbon capture and storage."

He added that the company believes these "have a key role to play alongside renewables, gas and nuclear, in tackling the global threat of climate change, while ensuring affordability and security of energy supplies".

Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are among the organisations that have welcomed the delay.



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