Norway plans to decommission sole coal plant

At the same time as revealing an energy plan for Svalbard, the country announces that coal-fired power plant Longyearbyen is set be decommissioned in phases.

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Oslo moves to discontinue coal-fired electricity generation on outlying Arctic archipelago Svalbard, thereby planning the decommissioning of the country's only coal plant, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy informs in a statement Monday.

"A great effort has been made in recent years to assess possible energy solutions. Last autumn, we took important steps in the evaluation of how we can get a new energy solution for Longyearbyen," says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru in the press release.

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