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EDF buys time on UK coal-fired plants

EDF has opted to run two of its British coal-fired power plants under a scheme, which will allow them to operate without further modifications over the next decade.

The company, faced with a decision on whether to invest in clean coal technology in order to comply with EU law, or to go ahead with closure, has bought some time by choosing to operate the plants under the “Limited Life Derogation” (LLD) scheme.

This means that the plants can run without further modifications for a further 17,500 hours or to the end of December 2023, whichever is the earlier. The deadline for placing plants in the LLD was 31 December 2013 and EDF Energy (Euronext:à‚ EDF) confirmed in a press statement that it has entered both power stations into this scheme.

West Burton coal-fired power plant
EDF Energy has to decide whether to install emissions-reducing technology at its 2000 MW Cottam and West Burton A coal-fired power plants in the north of England by Jan. 1, 2016. Both these plants have been operational since 1970.

Fitting cleaner technology would comply with the EU-wide Industrial Emissions Directive, and allow the plants to operate beyond the end of 2023.

“EDF Energy continues to explore various options to address the commercial, technical, environmental and regulatory challenges that legislation presents for existing coal powers stations after 2016,” EDF Energy said in the statement.

Defra has confirmed that generators choosing the LLD option will still have the opportunity to enter into the UK’s Transitional National Plan (TNP), or fully comply with the Industrial Emissions Directive, by 1 January 2016.

Existing coal stations in the UK will play a key role in ensuring security of supply during the transition to new low carbon generation in the early 2020s. Coal station operators need to ensure that the transition can be delivered in the most cost effective manner, minimising impact for customers and environment.

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