The fututre of Lynemouth Power station has been secured.
The European Commission has approved government support for its conversion from coal to biomass, and the plant will stop burning coal at theend of the year and should be burning wood pellets within 18 months.
Vaun Campbell, managing director at Lynemouth Power Limited, said: “This is fantastic news for the project and the station’s 134 strong workforce.
“As a full coal-to-biomass conversion, this project is a win-win for all involved. The north east region and the local economy also benefits as supply chains and other infrastructure are created.
“We can finally now move towards hopefully making an investment decision.”