EPH has reportedly placed a bid to take over EDF’s Rybnik coal-fired power plant in Poland, according to local media.

Puls Biznesu, citing unnamed sources, reported the bid.

It would be a logical development of the company’s strategy of buying coal-fired power assets from companies looking to divest older fossil fuel plants to concentrate on more environmentally-friendly capacity. The company is betting that the plants will either see a longer life than envisaged under EU regulations, or that Brussels will expand the capacity market, under which conventional power plants are paid subsidies to remain as reserve capacity, as output from renewables may be erratic.

However EPH has extra motivation to buy coal-fired capacity in Poland. The group owns coal producer PG Silesia, which in an already weak market is struggling as the state merges its massive coal holdings with the country’s major utilities.

PG Silesia produces about 1.2mn tonnes of coal annually, while the Rybnik power plant consumes around 2m tonnes, according to the newspaper. EPH could also sell the coal in the Czech Republic, where major miner OKD, owned by New World Resource holding, has recently filed for bankruptcy.

Czech state-controlled giant CEZ and Polish peer Energa have said they would be interested in EDF’s portfolio of heat and power assets in Poland, however until now there had been little interest in the Rybnik facility.