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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Mural of power station wall

Cockenzie – 9 June 2016

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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.

Cockenzie Power Station

Cockenzie Power Station
10 February 2010

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.

Boiler House and chimneys, with precips removed.

Boiler House and chimneys, with precips removed.
1 October 2014

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.

Remaining buildings at Cockenzie Power Station.

Remaining buildings at Cockenzie Power Station.
9 June 2016

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.

Coal Mill - disc and balls

Coal Mill – disc and balls
9 June 2016

In the nearly 50 years of the existence of the power station, the nearby harbour has been a constant.

Cockenzie Harbour

Cockenzie Harbour
9 June 2016

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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