Coal-fired electricity production in Scotland will end this afternoon

Last Modified: Thu Mar 24 2016 16:50:02 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 46
    years into production, the Longannet power station will be switched off some time around 3 PM. Its owner, Scottish Power, said the high cost of connecting to the grid was to blame.
  • 1970
    Year the plant went online. It is located on the banks of the Forth in Fife.
  • 2,400 MW
    Installed capacity of the power plant and for some time, was the largest power station in Europe.
  • 2 million
    home, powered by the plant each year.
  • 177 million tonnes
    of coal used by the plant during its lifetime along with 2.7 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 2.4 million cubic metres of natural gas.
  • 60 billion
    cubic metres of cooling water from the Firth of Forth has also passed through the power station.