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Inverkip power station, Inverclyde, Scotland

Inverkip power station, Inverclyde, Scotland

by 3DWarehouse
Inverkip power station is an oil-fired power station in Inverclyde, on the west coast of Scotland and dominates the local area with its 778 ft (237 m) chimney, the third tallest chimney in the UK and Scotland's tallest free-standing structure. Sea water is used as a coolant. The station consists of three generating units with a combined total rating of 1900 MW. Construction began in 1970 ,wever, the soaring price of oil as a result of the 1973 oil crisis meant that by the time construction was completed generation was uneconomical. It was therefore rarely utilised to anything near capacity, with 1200 MW being mothballed and the remaining capacity being used to satisfy peak demand. In construction, provision was made on site for a fourth generating unit (to the north of the existing units), including a fourth stack inside the chimney. Inverkip power station was owned by the ScottishPower utility group and had been mothballed as part of the strategic reserve. The station was decommissioned in 2006. Until then it could have been fired up at any point to supply power for the national grid.