In pictures: Longannet - Scotland’s last coal power station

Longannet Colliery, Fife. The last 5 miners back on the surface after the last shift. L to R. Stewart Steele, Kevin Skelton, Lachie Farries, Kenneth Nicholson and Stewart Nicholson.
Longannet Colliery, Fife. The last 5 miners back on the surface after the last shift. L to R. Stewart Steele, Kevin Skelton, Lachie Farries, Kenneth Nicholson and Stewart Nicholson.
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THE last lump of coal has been burned at Longannet power station in Fife.

The station has been generating electricity for nearly half a century.

Sir Derek Ezra, chairman of the National Coal Board (NCB) visiting Longannet mine in October 1975

Sir Derek Ezra, chairman of the National Coal Board (NCB) visiting Longannet mine in October 1975

The move signals the end of coal-fired electricity generation in Scotland, as the country’s largest and last remaining coal-fired power station is “desynchronised”.

Longannet was the largest power station in Europe when it came online in 1969, capable of producing 2,400 megawatts of electricity for the grid.

It took eight years to build and powered an average of more than two million homes annually during its working life.

Longannet was originally designed to run for just 25 years.

Mr Harry Morris pulls the chain to lower the last section of the cap into position during the Longannet Power Station chimney topping-out ceremony.

Mr Harry Morris pulls the chain to lower the last section of the cap into position during the Longannet Power Station chimney topping-out ceremony.

In its lifetime, Longannet has used over 177 million tonnes of coal, 2.7 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil, 0.5 million tonnes of biomass and other fuels, and 2.4 million cubic metres of natural gas.

Over 60 billion cubic metres of cooling water from the Forth Estuary has passed through the station.

The plant operators said the closure marks a “sad day” for everyone at Longannet and the end of the coal age in Scotland.

Colliery oversman John Watson with a Davy lamp at the Castlebridge shaft of Longannet complex in Fife, October 1986.

Colliery oversman John Watson with a Davy lamp at the Castlebridge shaft of Longannet complex in Fife, October 1986.

Coal miners leave the cage at the Castlebridge shaft of Longannet complex in Fife, October 1986.

Coal miners leave the cage at the Castlebridge shaft of Longannet complex in Fife, October 1986.

Police clash with pickets and miners outside Longannet power station during the miners' strike in February 1972

Police clash with pickets and miners outside Longannet power station during the miners' strike in February 1972

Miners pickets persuade a coal delivery driver to turn back from Longannet power station, Fife during the miners' strike of 1972

Miners pickets persuade a coal delivery driver to turn back from Longannet power station, Fife during the miners' strike of 1972

Longannet construction 
flume discharge end structure

Longannet construction flume discharge end structure

CW pumphouse looking north from sea wall

CW pumphouse looking north from sea wall

Longannet construction 
Foundation works to CW pump house looking north to culverts.

Longannet construction Foundation works to CW pump house looking north to culverts.

Longannet Power Station.

Longannet Power Station.