Cockenzie Power Station demolition, Edinburgh

4 February, 2016 | 18:30 - 19:30

The two chimneys at the old power station coming down.
The two chimneys at the old power station coming down.

About this event

Cockenzie Power Station was officially opened in May 1968 by the then Secretary of State for Scotland, The Rt. Hon. William Ross.

The Power Station generated more than 150 Terawatt Hours (TWh) of electricity in its lifetime, enough to power the average annual electricity needs of more than 1 million homes every year during its 45 years of operation. In total, it is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been employed at Cockenzie, during construction and operation, with many thousands of other jobs supported in the wider supply chain and local area.

When Cockenzie became operational in the summer of 1967, it was the largest power station in Scotland and Britain was still 2 years away from natural gas being used in electricity generation. Coal accounted for approximately 72% of the fuel input used for electricity generation in Britain, compared to approximately 20.5% in 2014.

The demolitions have been undertaken by appointed contractors Brown and Mason, who have successfully managed similar projects for Scottish Power in recent years.

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Mark Young

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