I visited the Tullis Russell paper mill in 2009, as a permission visit during their 200th anniversary, and they seemed to be doing very well – it was a very busy mill, lots of modern machinery, and apparently lots of orders. But only a few years later it collapsed and the mill closed in 2015. The last thing they did was launch a project to replace the old but beautifully maintained coal power plant with a modern biomass plant – where that stands there used to be a whole lot more, including some giant steampunk rag boilers. That plant was built and is now operating, but the mill next door is derelict. All the paper machines have been sold off and removed. Continue reading
Built in 1961, the British Gas Westfield Development Centre was a gasification plant to produce gas from coal – up until 1974 it was producing 20% of Scotland’s gas.
Inverkip power station on the Clyde, an oil-fired power station that has lain mothballed for decades, is finally and very slowly being dismantled – before it goes too far, I went along with panoramic stuff to make some more explorable 360-degree views. Click on each image to open in Quicktime, and they’re about 7-12Mb each.
Just a little one this – Barony Power Station produced power for the neighbouring Barony Colliery, which has now been almost completley flattened. There’s not much of the power station left, either, but for a concrete and brick block it has some nice lighting 🙂
A while ago, I found some old slides which, among other places, showed some of the construction of Inverkip Power Station. I don’t think these have been shown before…
It’s been a while since my last trip, and it was very good to see the old place again before demolition gets too far along.
For those who don’t know (where have you been?) Inverkip is a large oil-fired power station on the Firth of Clyde, built just before the oil crisis of the ’70s it was always a bit of a white elephant and only briefly reached full capacity during the miner’s strikes.
First visit, while waiting for dawn, was to the control room:
Methil Power Station is a coal-slurry power plant built in 1965 on the coast of Fife where the River Leven joins the sea. Coal slurry is the low-grade byproduct of coal washeries, consisting of mainly coal dust and water. Methil’s two 30MW generating units were specially built to burn this slurry, which came from the neighbouring Fife coalfields by road and rail. Google’s aerial imagery shows the rail lines which have now been ripped up.
As the Fife coalfields closed, supplies of the slurry dried up, and the plant closed in the mid ’90s – a brief trial using one generating unit to burn refuse for power wasn’t a success. The plant is now scheduled for demolition. Continue reading
Part of my continuing effort to document all parts of this massive power station, this was an evening trip up the chimney – the largest free-standing structure in Scotland, and with 1060 steps to the top an exhausting climb in the dark.