Methil power station

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Methil power station
Leven power station.jpg
The station in July 2006
Methil power station is located in the United Kingdom
Methil power station
Location of Methil power station
Country Scotland
Location Levenmouth, Fife
Coordinates 56°11′27″N 2°59′48″W / 56.190918°N 2.996732°W / 56.190918; -2.996732Coordinates: 56°11′27″N 2°59′48″W / 56.190918°N 2.996732°W / 56.190918; -2.996732
Commission date 1965
Decommission date 2000
Operator(s) South of Scotland Electricity Board
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal-fired
grid reference NO381002

Methil Power Station was a small base load coal slurry-fired power station in the town of Methil, Fife, Scotland. It was situated on the south side of the mouth of the River Leven, where the river enters the Firth of Forth.

It was a local landmark, with the chimney visible for some distance.


The power station consisted of two 30-megawatt (MW) generation units[1] for a peak rating of 57 MWe.[2] It was commissioned in 1965[3] for the then South of Scotland Electricity Board. Built on the site of a golf course, it was designed to utilise low-grade coal slurry supplied from the washeries of the nearby Fife coalfield.[1] This coal was delivered by road and rail wagons shunted into and out of elevated sidings. Like almost all other coal-fired power stations in Scotland, Methil did not use cooling towers, instead using sea water as coolant.[4] An exception was Methil's sister station of Barony, situated in central Ayrshire.


East Fife F.C. play against Berwick Rangers F.C. overlooked by Methil Power Station

This station was built as a sister to Barony Power Station on the West Coast of Scotland, in Ayrshire. Although the design of Methil was based on that of Barony, it incorporated many improvements. As the Scottish coalfields were exhausted or abandoned in the mid-1980s, waste accumulated in coal tips, and this waste was used as a fuel in the Methil and Barony power stations.[citation needed] However, as the tips were cleared, operations at the two stations ceased due to lack of coal-slurry fuel and the uneconomical operation of such small facilities.

This station ceased generating in 2000 and was put into standby as a strategic reserve.[5] The power station was finally demolished in 2012 as part of a regeneration of this area.[2] The preferred redevelopment option for the site is for leisure and tourism. A retail park or shopping centre development is also being considered.


  1. ^ a b Shannon, Paul (20 January 2016). "Feeding the nation's power stations". Rail magazine. Peterborough: Bauer Media (792): 47. ISSN 0953-4563. 
  2. ^ a b "Methil Power Station | Projects | Brown and Mason". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Shannon 2006, p. 101.
  4. ^ "Methil power station chimney blown up". BBC News. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Shannon 2006, p. 106.


  • Shannon, Paul. Railfreight since 1968; Coal. Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK: Silver Link Publishing, 2006. ISBN 1-85794-263-9.

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