Plans to build a £300m power station at a former colliery could create more than 4,000 jobs in the surrounding area, according to a South Yorkshire MP.
Plans for the power plant were approved last week
Kevin Hughes, MP for Doncaster North, believes the plans for the Hatfield Colliery site will provide a huge boost to the local economy.
The Government gave approval for the scheme last week with the company behind the project, Coalpower Limited, hoping the plant will be up and running by 2006.
But Mr Hughes believes the power plant development, which includes a business park, will attract more investment to the area.
He said: "There are plans to put in a link road straight from the M18.
"If that happens then it is possible to open up land to either side for further development.
"We could be looking at 2,500 jobs around the power plant and another 2,000 on the adjacent developments which is fantastic news."
The power station is expected to generate power for thousands of homes in the Stainforth area.
The proposals for the 430 megawatt plant had been referred to the government by Doncaster Council.