NT0873 : Faucheldean Bing

taken 6 years ago, near to Winchburgh, West Lothian, Great Britain

Faucheldean Bing
Faucheldean Bing
This was the first bing to be created by the Hopetoun Oil Works, and the texture of the shale waste appears to be much more variable than the later bings, doubtless due to the improvements in the retorts used. This is the southern end of the bing close the track that follows the alignment of the old railway to the works.
Oil shale bings :: NT0575
The shale oil bings of central Scotland are noted for their size and colour. The reason for the size is due to two principal factors.
The first is the volume of rock which had to be extracted to produce a given amount of oil. Typically shales contain about 12 to 25% volatile content, so between 75% and 88% is waste.
The second is that the extraction process lends itself to being concentrated in large scale works, rather than being carried out at individual mines, so a single bing represents the output of several mines. The nature of the substance meant that little waste would be tipped at the pit head. The oil, principally ending up as paraffin or similar products, is extracted by heating the shale at high temperatures to drive out the volatile hydrocarbons. The high temperatures give the residue its red colour, in the same way that bricks are typically red after firing. The waste is now virtually inert, which has the result that vegetation finds it hard to gain a foothold.
It is noticeable that older bings where the extraction process was perhaps less efficient tend to have more growth.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
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Industry  Waste, Waste management 
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Spoil Tip  Shale Oil Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0810 7397 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.9965N 3:28.3925W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0807 7397
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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