New coal facilities - overcoming the obstacles, IEAPER/26

Author(s): Alessandra McConville

Ref: IEAPER/26
ISBN: 92-9029-271-7
Published Date: 01/06/1996
No. of Tables: 1
No. of Figures: 4
No. of Pages: 40


An overview of trends and projections for future coal production and use is presented. Economic obstacles to new coal facilities are discussed. Privatisation and deregulation of power generation industries and restructuring of coal mining industries are leading to an unfavourable investment climate for new coal facilities, in competition with other fuels. Environmental legislation of relevance to new coal facilities is reviewed for selected countries. In itself, environmental legislation does not pose an insurmountable obstacle, although it adds to the costs and time required to complete a project. Objections to new coal facilities on environmental grounds by local residents and local government are common, and often present a major barrier. Consultation and information dissemination can help to overcome this obstacle.

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