Britain plans to keep coal-fired power stations open this winter

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LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – The British government has said some coal-fired power stations due to close later this year may have to stay open to ensure electricity supplies this winter.

Countries in Europe are drawing up contingency plans in case of major disruptions to Russian gas flows following its invasion of Ukraine, with Russia typically supplying around 40% of Europe’s gas.

“In light of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, it is right that we explore a wide range of options to further strengthen our energy security and domestic supply,” a government spokesman said on Monday. by email.

Britain typically generates around 50% of its electricity from gas. Although Russia only meets around 4% of Britain’s gas needs, a major supply disruption would affect prices in Europe and make it more difficult for Britain to obtain gas from others.

“Although there is no shortage of supply, we may need to make our remaining coal-fired power plants available to provide additional backup power this winter if needed,” the spokesperson said. of the government.

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