South Korea will shut up to 15 coal-fired power plants out of the total 60 for three months starting December 1 to help reduce air pollution, which could give a potential boost to LNG demand, the energy ministry said Thursday. “A total of 8 to 15 coal-fired power plants will be shut from December 1 to February 29 so as to help reduce fine dust emissions,” the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy said in a statement. “It is the first time that South Korea suspends operation of coal-fired power plants in the winter season when the country’s power demand grows,” it said. “The scope of the shutdown — from 8 to 15 — will be determined on the basis electricity demand over the peak winter season,” a ministry official said. The ministry refused to provide a list of the coal power plants to be shut, but […]