EPH have applied for permission to transform the 53-year old Eggborough coal power station in the UK to a 2,500 MW gas-firEggborough power planted power plant on the site.

Eggborough Power, owned by the Czech firm, will keep open its 2 GW coal-fired plant in Yorkshire until at least March 2018 after winning a government contract to provide back-up power.

The application to build a gas power plant to replace the coal-fired plant faces a 28-day vetting process with the UK’s Planning Inspectorate before it can proceed to the next stage.

Eggborough Managing Director Adam Booth previously told Reuters it expects planning permission to be granted in 2018.