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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 was a 57 megawatt coal slurry-fired station which was demolished in 2011. It became operational in 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 also demolished). As the mines forming the Fife Coalfield closed, waste coal which had accumulated in bings was used as fuel. In 2000, Methil stopped generating electricity and was 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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