Methil power station
Methil Power Station is a former small base load coal slurry-fired power station in the town of Methil, Fife, Scotland. It is situated on the south side of the mouth of the River Leven, where the river enters the Firth of Forth. It is a local landmark, with the chimney (lum) visible for some distance.

The power station consisted of two 30 megawatt (MW) generation units for a peak rating of 57 MWe. It was commissioned in 1965 for the then South of Scotland Electricity Board. Built on the site of a golf course, it was constructed to utilise low-grade coal-slurry supplied from the washeries of the nearby Fife coalfield. This coal was delivered by both road and rail wagons shunted into and out of elevated sidings. Like nearly all other coal-fired power stations in Scotland, Methil Power Station didn't use cooling towers, instead using sea water as coolant. An exception was Methil's sister station of Barony, situated in central Ayrshire.

This station was built as a sister to Barony Power Station on the West Coast of Scotland, in Ayrshire. Although the design of Methil was based on that of Barony, it incorporated many improvements. As the Scottish coalfields were exhausted or abandoned in the mid-1980s, waste accumulated in coal tips, and this waste was used as a fuel in the Methil and Barony power stations. However, as the tips were cleared, operations at the two stations ceased due to lack of coal-slurry fuel and the uneconomical operation of such small facilities. In the late 1990s it was used for trial burning of sewage waste using one of the two 30 MW boiler. This station is now closed and awaits demolition (Started April 2010 and should be completed 2011) as part of a regeneration of this area. The preferred redevelopment option for the site is for leisure and tourism. A development of a retail park or shopping centre is also being considered.


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