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Coal Fired Power Stations: Kingsnorth

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the proposed coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent. (197291)

The applicant estimates that if the proposed station was generating some 12 TWh of electricity per annum it would produce some 8.6 MTe of CO2. However the amount of annual carbon dioxide emissions depends on the actual amount of electricity generated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the environmental impact of a coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth, Kent. (197362)

The Secretary of State has a quasi-judicial role in deciding E.ON's application for his consent to build a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth. It would therefore be improper for him to express a view on whether he is in favour or against the proposal prior to taking a fully considered decision.