Ukraine war pushes France to rethink coal power station closure
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The energy transition ministry said it was considering reopening the station at Saint-Avold in eastern France this winter, "given the situation in Ukraine" and the effect it was having on the energy markets.
"We are keeping open the possibility of being able to put the Saint-Avold station back in action for a few hours more if we need it next winter," said a ministry statement, confirming a report on RTL radio.
President Emmanuel Macron's commitment to eventually shut all France's coal-fired stations remained unchanged, the ministry statement said.
Austria, Germany and the Netherlands have all announced recently that they would be making greater use of coal for their energy needs because of the effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The war there has sent global energy prices soaring and raised the prospect of shortages if supplies are cut off.
Russian energy giant Gazprom has already stopped deliveries to a number of European countries, including Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands.
But the shift back towards fossil fuels has caused alarm in the European Commission, and among environmental campaigners.