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I have been following Tyros fascinating posts from around the Edinburgh and Firth of Forth area, and have been reminded of some pictures of my own I had forgotten all about !

Cockenzie power station is a coal fired power station, built in the late 60s, and which is now nearing the end of its planned life. There is currently much debate about its future, and whether it will continue or be replaced by a new gas fired plant.


The post shows the power station in the background, and to the fore is an old set of coal grinding equipment. By way of explanation I quote from the plant's own promotional material :

'After weighing, sampling and screening, it passes into roller mills where it is pulverised to the consistency of face powder, before being mixed with preheated air, blown into the furnaces and burned at very high temperatures to heat the boilers.'

and
'during 2000-2001 the station recorded its highest load factor for 15 years, supplying 3,563 Gigawatt
hours of electricity, with coal burn reaching one and a half million tonnes'.

and
'Cockenzie Power Station occupies a site of 24 hectares. Legend has it that part of the site is built on the hideout of General John Cope, whose Hanoverian army suffered a crushing defeat by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s highlanders at the Battle of Prestonpans on September 21, 1745.'

This post does not sadly share the benefit of the excellent weather that John had for many of his posts, and in preparing this image to post, I am reminded of a sentiment I read elsewhere today on J_Burke's latest post.

'Wait for the light, and enhance your picture'.

Well I agree, but if todays the day you are in Prestopans, you take what you are given. A very grey Christmas Day 2010, in fact. But yes, it would be better with a bit of blue !




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