Coal-fired electricity generation at Cockenzie Power Station ceased after more than 45 years on 15 March 2013.
However, the Cockenzie site and its infrastructure remain an important asset to ScottishPower. On 5 October 2011 the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism granted consent for modern, high efficiency gas-fired Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) generating units at the site, as well as for an approximately 17km gas pipeline which will provide fuel to the power station.
Pursuant to the CCGT consent, a first phase of works has commenced, including:
- Decommissioning of the coal-fired power station;
- Removal of coal handling plant including precipitators, coal conveyor and associated infrastructure, and coal yard buildings/infrastructure;
- Removal of chimneys; and
- Modification of main power station buildings to facilitate CCGT development.
This initial phase of works will be undertaken on ScottishPower’s behalf by Brown and Mason.
Prior to commencement of this phase of works and as required by the CCGT consent, ScottishPower and Brown and Mason have been in lengthy discussions with East Lothian Council and other statutory consultees. These discussions have ensured that sufficient mitigation measures are in place to minimise any impacts on the local community during the works.
Should you have any queries/complaints regarding on-site activities please contact the site directly on 01875 812513. For any queries relating to the wider CCGT development please email firstname.lastname@example.org.