Largest "clean coal" plant proposed

High-efficiency power station to be third in Europe

UK coal producer, RJB Mining, has said it wants to build a 400MW "clean coal" power station in northern England. The plant would use integrated gasification combined cycle combustion technology, which increases efficiency and reduces pollution emissions. Two demonstration plants using similar technology have been built in the Netherlands and Spain, but the new proposal would be the largest such power station in the EU. The 300 million (Ecu 423 million) plant would need subsidies to compete in the UK electricity market, but the opposition Labour Party has said it will support clean coal projects if it wins the forthcoming parliamentary elections. If the plant is built, it will provide a market for coal produced by RJB. The company's existing markets are currently threatened by the increasing number of gas-fired power stations and by tighter emission limits on old coal-fired stations.

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RJB Mining, tel: +44 1302 751 751.

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