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main image Longannet power station, Fife
The availability of extensive coal reserves and the political will to exploit them for the state-run electricity industry, kept up investment in coal-fired power stations, albeit at only a few large sites.

Longannet is situated close to the earlier Kincardine power station, on the shores of the Firth of Forth. It opened in 1973 with coal from its own dedicated deep mine. Later, this mine was the only one still operating in Scotland.

In recent times, the mine has had drainage difficulties. Fuel is now brought in by train. Electricity pylons have become a conspicuous feature in the landscape. However, the coastal locations of most of Scotland's power stations has spared it the huge cooling towers which characterise power stations south of the border.

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