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The 10 oldest coal-fired power plants in Korea are scheduled to be shut down from March to June each year starting from 2018 before the permanent shutdown in five years.
The 10 oldest coal-fired power plants in Korea are scheduled to be shut down from March to June each year starting from 2018 before the permanent shutdown in five years.
SEOUL,KOREA
16 May 2017 - 1:45pm
Jung Suk-yee

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on May 15 that eight out of the 10 coal-fired power plants in South Korea that have been in operation for at least 30 years would be temporarily shut down from June 1 to 30 this year before the 10 power plants are permanently shut down before the end of his term. The purpose of this measure is fine dust reduction.
 
At present, a total of 59 coal-fired power plants are in operation in South Korea and 10 of them have been run for at least three decades. The 10 oldest coal-fired power plants are scheduled to be shut down from March to June each year starting from 2018 before the permanent shutdown. The 10 power plants account for only 10.6% of the total power generation capacity of the 59 power plants whereas they represent 19.4% of the total pollutant emissions of the 59 power stations.

The President also told his secretaries to set up an organization to deal with fine dust problems as promised during his election campaign. The shutdown of the coal-fired power plants is another one of his campaign pledges, which also include the reexamination of thermal power plant construction projects with a rate of progress of less than 10%.

According to the government, the shutdown of the eight power plants is expected to reduce the amount of fine dust by 1% to 2%. “Although the amount of decrease appears to be small, the measure is to do whatever is possible without any delay,” it mentioned. It went on to say that it was working on ways to reduce fine dust in cooperation with China, which is regarded as the main cause of the problem.

 

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