France could restart a coal-fired power plant in Lorraine this winter


PARIS, June 26 (Reuters) – The French government could restart a coal-fired power plant in Lorraine, northeastern France, this winter, the French energy ministry said in a statement on Sunday, confirming information from the RTL television channel.

“As a precautionary measure, given the situation in Ukraine, we reserve the possibility of reactivating the Saint Avold plant (…) if necessary this winter,” the ministry said.

The plans will not affect the gradual closure of coal-fired power plants in France, the ministry added, noting that the operator would offset emissions through measures such as reforestation.

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Coal-fired power generation will remain below 1%, officials said.

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No Russian coal will be used in the Saint Avold power plant, the ministry said on Sunday.

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Reporting by Benjamin Mallet, written by Mimosa Spencer. Editing by Jane Merriman

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