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Methil Power Station

Located a half-mile (1 km) northeast of the centre of Methil on the southern side of the mouth of the River Leven and on the shore of the Firth of Forth, Methil Power Station is a 57 megawatt coal slurry-fired station. It has been operational since 1965 and was one of only two stations of its type designed to run on the washings from coal mines (the other being the Barony Power Station near Auchinleck in East Ayrshire, now demolished). As the mines forming the Fife Coalfield closed, waste coal which had accumulated in bings was used as fuel. From 2000, Methil stopped electricity generation and has been maintained as part of a strategic reserve by Scottish Power, the privatised utility which now forms part of a multi-national energy group.


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