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Longannet Power Station closure marks end of coal-fired electricity generation in Scotland

Scots prepare to close last coal-fired electricity plant

25 March 2016 Friday 09:09

Longannet Power Station, the last coal-fired power plant in Scotland, will close down on Thursday after its last day of electricity generation, owner ScottishPower announced.

“Coal has long been the dominant force in Scotland’s electricity generation fleet, but the closure of Longannet signals the end of an era," said Hugh Finlay, generation director of ScottishPower.

With 2,400 megawatts generation capacity, the plant powered 2.3 million homes on average every year within its 46 year lifetime.

The power station was the third largest coal-fired power plant in Europe, and the second largest in the U.K.

During its last winter operation, Longannet on average produced enough electricity to meet demand of more than 25 percent of all homes in Scotland.

"Longannet has contributed more electricity for the national grid than any other power station in Scotland’s history, and it is a sad day for everyone at ScottishPower," Finlay said.

ScottishPower has been working closely with the Trade Unions, local councils and the Scottish government with regards to the 236 employees to assess and manage the impact of Longannet’s closure, he added.

No decisions have been made regarding the future of the site, but ScottishPower expects to outline its plans before the end of the year, the company said.

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