A FURTHER structure at Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, has been successfully brought down in a successful controlled explosion.
Charges were used to blow down the Longannet site’s disused east bunker bay, previously used to store coal, with expected residual burning from some remaining coal dust resulting in some dark smoke being visible in the local area.
The fire brigade attended to assist the demolition contractor as per their normal procedures.
Longannet was closed in 2016, marking the commitment by both ScottishPower and parent company Iberdrola to decarbonise the economy. With demolition work still ongoing, over 28,000 tonnes of material removed from site so far, with 98.5% of this being recovered/recycled.
ScottishPower recently became the first integrated energy company in the UK to shift completely from coal and gas generation to 100% renewable energy. Globally parent company Iberdrola aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2020, and 50% by 2030 compared to 2007 and be carbon neutral by 2050.