E.ON is shelving plans for a new ‘cleaner’ coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in
The German energy giant will defer an investment decision on the Kingsnorth proposals for two to three years.
A spokesperson for the company said: ‘This is based on the global recession, which has pushed back the need for new plant in the
E.ON had proposed replacing existing coal-fired units at Kingsnorth with ones using supercritical technology.
Supercritical plants run more efficiently by using extremely hot steam. While dozens of countries are building these less polluting and more efficient coal-fired plants, the
E.ON stated its plans to suspend the roll-out of supercritical technology do not affect other emission-reduction projects.
In a statement, E.ON said it is still committed to the development of cleaner coal and carbon capture and storage, and added: ‘We believe 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.’
Earlier this year, The Engineer reported the construction of supercritical plants face an uphill battle in the
The problem has the potential to hamper any future plans to bring supercritical plants to Kingsnorth or anywhere else in the
E.ON is currently supporting a project to address the issue with engineers at