At the beginning of June 1986, I reported to Cockenzie Power Station as I started my first day in full time employment. Little was I to know that 30 years later I would be receiving my 30 years long service award.
Cockenzie Power Station was opened in 1967. With an output of 1200MWe, it was the largest in Europe at the time.
By the time I last visited it in, when it was operational, it was two-shifting – that is was operating during the morning and evening peaks only. My next visit to the site, demolition was in full swing, with the precipitators had been removed between the chimneys and the boiler house.
On the 26 September 2015, the chimneys and turbine hall were demolished, with the boiler house following in December 2015. So to the present day. The office block and CW pumphouse remain, with the stators from two of the generators visible from the path outside the site.
Next to the power station is Cockenzie harbour, and a green space which includes a display of components from a coal mill – disc and balls. The mills took the coal as delivered and pulverised it to a fine dust for combustion.
In the nearly 50 years of the existence of the power station, the nearby harbour has been a constant.