Korea shuts down 10 coal-fired power plants to curb pollution

11-Dec-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM Print This Post

South Korea has shut down 10 coal-fired power plants on Tuesday as part of its anti-pollution campaign, the energy ministry said.

The shutdown comes after the government said last month it would idle up as much as 15 coal-fired power plants between December and February, while its remaining plants are expected to supply sufficient power.

In a statement late Monday, the energy ministry said 41 coal-fired power plants would operate at 80 percent capacity.

South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, operates about 60 coal-fired power plants, generating about 40 percent of its electricity.

Nuclear power makes up about 30 percent of South Korea’s electricity, followed by gas power at around 20%. Analysts expected the reduced coal power to give a slight boost to the country’s LNG demand.



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