RWE drops palm oil power station

RWE Npower has dropped plans to convert its oil-fired power station in Littlebrook, Kent, to run on palm oil.

The plant is currently only used to cover peak demand in September. If converted, it would have been able to obtain Renewables Obligation Certificates (ENDS Report 380, p 12 ).

It would have used about 300,000 tonnes of palm oil a year. A spokesman said the company had audited plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia to ensure they complied with criteria agreed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. It had also ensured chains of custody for the material could be verified.

However, the rising cost of palm oil and a drop in ROCs prices made the plan uneconomic.

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