A delay in the construction of Kingsnorth coal power station by business energy and domestic supplier E.On will not affect advancements in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, according to Ed Miliband.
E.On recently announced the controversial project will be delayed by several years because the demand for electricity has fallen, prompting concerns the government's CCS research will be adversely affected as a result, reports the Guardian.
However, Mr Miliband, the energy and climate secretary, insisted the research, which could help make fossil fuel-burning power stations more environmentally-friendly, will be able to continue with other firms.
Mr Miliband told the paper: "The recession and decisions of individual companies will not push us back from driving CCS forward with great urgency. There are no shortage of companies that want to come forward with projects and we are determined [to make sure] CCS happens quickly."
New nuclear reactors will not be operational in the UK until 2017, meaning coal-fired power stations are likely to be needed for several years.
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