Greece returns to coal to counter Russian gas shortage

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Greece will keep seven coal-fired plants running for longer than previously planned as European countries adjust to a cut in gas flows coming from Russia, the chief executive of the Greek gas grid operator DESFA said on Monday reports the news outlet Reuters.

"In the short term some European countries will have a delay in their decarbonisation (plan), but this could also be an opportunity … allowing to avoid an intermediate phase towards hydrogen," DESFA CEO Maria Rita Galli said, speaking at the Gastech conference in Milan.

Galli said a previous plan to phase out the seven coal-fired power plans in Greece would be delayed amid the energy crisis engulfing Europe and soaring gas prices.