PowerGen pulls plug on `filthy fuel'

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The Independent Online
PowerGen yesterday announced that its Ince power station near Chester, where it has been burning orimulsion fuel, will close next spring.

The decision delighted Friends of the Earth and effectively ends PowerGen's plans to use the fuel, from Venezuela, in Britain. But Britain's biggest generating company, National Power, is pursuing plans to burn the fuel at its Pembroke station in west Wales. Orimulsion - a mixture of oil and water - contains high levels of toxic heavy metals and sulphur, and environmentalists describe it as "the world's filthiest fuel". Nicholas Schoon