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Longannet Power Station

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Longannet power station was a large coal-fired power station in Fife, situated on the north bank of the Firth of Forth, near Kincardine on Forth. It used water from the River Forth for cooling so avoided the need for cooling towers

Its generating capacity of 2,400 megawatts was the highest of any power station in Scotland. The station began generating electricity in 1970, and when it became fully operational it was the largest coal-fired station in Europe.

The station was operated by the South of Scotland Electricity Board until 1990 when its operation was handed over to Scottish Power following privatisation.

2010 The station closed in March 2016 - the last coal-fired power station in Scotland. By then it was capable of co-firing biomass, natural gas and sludge. At the time of closure it was the third largest in Europe, after Bełchatów in Poland and Drax in England, and the 21st most polluting.

The station is a regional landmark, dominating the Forth skyline with its 183 m (600 ft) chimney stack.

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