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South Korea to suspend operations at 8 older coal-fired power plants

In a bid to tackle air pollution, South Korea's energy ministry unveiled plans to temporarily shut eight of its 10 older coal-fired power plants for a month beginning June 1, with two remaining operational to ensure a stable power supply, Reuters reported May 29.

Beginning in 2018, the 10 plants will be regularly shut for four months in the spring. President Moon Jae-in had previously announced plans to permanently shut the plants, all of which are more than 30 years old, by May 2022, the report said.

The 10 targeted plants, of the country's 59 coal-fired power plants, account for 10.6% of the installed coal power capacity, or 3.3 gigawatts, the report said.