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POWER UTILITY | Staff Reporter, Korea
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Korea's coal plant shutdowns may back fire in the short term

Its fuel oil imports have been surging to keep powering the country.

South Korea’s move to shut coal-fired generators to control air pollution at the same time as nuclear reactors are going into scheduled maintenance is resulting in surging fuel oil imports, as utilities burn the dirty feedstock to meet power demand.

South Korea’s trade ministry said in February it would suspend five coal-fired power plants, with a combined capacity of 2.32 gigawatts (GW), from March to June, part of a broad campaign to reduce pollution.

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