Tiree Power Station

A small diesel-fuelled power station located next to Tiree Airport, to the north of Crossapoll, on the island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. This was one of several power stations built by the Air Ministry during World War II to service the Royal Air Force installations on the island. After the war the station was purchased by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board and brought into civilian use, supplying 2.5 megawatts of power to the island. The growing cost of fuel, inflated by the oil crises of the 1970s, made the station increasingly expensive to operate and the island was connected to the National Grid by submarine cable from Mull in the 1980s. Now owned and operated by Scottish & Southern Energy, headquartered in Perth, the power station is retained as an emergency backup. It was refurbished in 2002 and is tested monthly. In early 2005, the station was brought into service for several months until repairs could be completed after the undersea connection was broken during bad winter weather.

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