February 28, 2018 / 2:58 AM / 9 months ago

South Korea to temporarily suspend five coal-fired power plants

SEOUL, Feb 28 (Reuters) - South Korea plans to suspend five coal-fired power plants from March to June to reduce air pollution, the country’s trade ministry said on Wednesday.

“To reduce fine dust, the ministry plans to shut down five old coal power plants in the spring season starting from March 1,” the ministry said in a statement, referring to plants that are over 30-years-old.

The measure is part of the country’s efforts to tackle air pollution, after the country suspended eight plants for a month in June last year.

The government will examine if the temporary shutdown helps to improve air quality, the trade ministry said.

South Korea would be able to maintain stable power supplies during the period as electricity consumption during the spring season is lower than in winter or summer, it added. (Reporting by Haejin Choi)

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