This initial partial approval for the new EUR1.2bn plant allows the German utility to construct facilities such as the power plant’s boiler and engine houses or its cooling tower, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

The governing council further said that E.ON has not yet been given clearance for the actual operation of the power plant.

This plant is the sixth coal-fired power generation block at the Staudinger site, and would replace three old generation units built in the 1960s and 1970s.