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EU funding for Yorkshire coal power plant

MEPs have said they expect the European Commission to fund the construction of a £165 million power plant in Yorkshire, just one day after energy giant E.ON announced it had shelved a similar project in Kent.

Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies revealed that the money would be used to build a “clean coal” power plant near Doncaster, with a formal commitment expected in days.

Davies made the announcement shortly after E.ON cited a fall in electricity demand as the reason why it had abandoned plans to build a coal plant in Kingsnorth, Kent.

“An announcement is due very shortly about the locations of seven carbon capture and storage demonstration projects to be built across Europe. The word is that Hatfield has beaten off rival funding bids for schemes at Kingsnorth, Tilbury and Longannet,” he said.

The MEP added that he believed E.ON’s failure to secure a similar grant for its development was the real reason for the decision to defer work.

The Hatfield plant, to be constructed by the Powerfuel Power company, has the backing of National Grid as part of a scheme to build a network of CO2 pipelines linking power stations and major industrial installations across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Officials say the site is ideal for developing a “Humber Cluster” of carbon capture and storage plants that within 15 years could cut CO2 emissions by up to 70 million tonnes.

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