International Asia S. Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution

S. Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution

The remaining plants will reduce output to 80 percent of capacity over the period, it said, adding the measures would reduce the sector's fine dust production by up to 44 percent.

Author

Date

Category

- -

South Korea will suspend up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants in the next three months, even as demand for electricity peaks during the bitter winter, as it seeks to tackle air pollution, Seoul said Thursday.

The world’s 11th largest is struggling to growing public concern over airborne and pollutants, known as “fine dust”, that have raised public fears of omnipresent environmental harm.

Air pollution is designated as a “social disaster” and many South Koreans blame China, the source of the prevailing winds and the world’s biggest polluter, which is more frequently affected by choking bouts of filthy air.

The South is generally poor in resources but still operates 60 coal-fired power stations, which provide over 40 percent of the country’s electricity supply.

- Advertisement -

At least eight and as many 15 will have operations suspended from Sunday until February 29, the Ministry of  Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement.

The remaining plants will reduce output to 80 percent of capacity over the period, it said, adding the measures would reduce the sector’s fine dust production by up to 44 percent.

But its first would be to maintain a “stable power supply”.

Electricity demand soars for heating in winter, and is expected to peak in the fourth week of January. At that time stores will be from keeping their doors open as an energy-saving measure, the ministry said, with fined up to three million won ($2,500).

- Advertisement -

© Agence France-PresseFollow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Lim Tean: What economic benefits does Singapore derive from granting KTV operators a $50K grant to “Pivot” into an “F&B” outlet?

Singapore — Opposition People's Voice (PV) party leader Lim Tean took to social media to ask if there were economic benefits to extending a S$50,000 grant to KTV operators to pivot them into a food and beverage establishment. The questions, directed at...

Nurse harassed by Sengkang neighbours granted protection order

Singapore — After being harassed by their neighbours for over a year, a Singaporean nurse has been granted an expedited protection order (EPO), providing him and his family “an overwhelming sense of relief.” Muhammad Najib bin Ngasewan, who works at Sengkang General...

Calvin Cheng asks people to stop blaming the government and foreigners for recent Covid-19 cluster

Singapore — In light of the recent KTV Covid-19 clusters that have cropped up in Singapore, former Nominated (NMP) Calvin Cheng evaluated the factors leading to the spike in cases in a Facebook post he put up recently. He...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent