J4388 : Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus - February 2018(1)

taken 1 year ago, near to Kilroot, Eden, Bellahill and Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus - February 2018(1)
Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus - February 2018(1)
The coal-fired Kilroot power station, a conspicuous sight in Belfast Lough, is likely to close at the end of May 2018. This view is from the car park at Airport Road West, Belfast - a distance of some 7.3 miles. Subject position taken from the chimney.
It will be interesting to see what redevelopment proposals emerge. Those with a long memory will remember the proposal to build a deep-water port on the site.
Those with an even longer one might recall the proposal to convert it to burning lignite (“brown coal”) LinkExternal link conveyed by train. In the event of the link becoming unavailable the following is a quotation:

“The existence of lignite in the Tertiary deposits of the Lough Neagh Basin has been known since the eighteenth century. Recent drilling by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and several exploration companies has shown that the lignite deposits occur on a substantial scale and, therefore, may provide a major source of energy, particularly as a fuel for electricity generation. The meeting was convened as a forum for the presentation of results by a multi-disciplinary group of geologists, chemists, civil engineers, chemical engineers and economists concerned with lignite deposits, its extraction and upgrading. Fourteen papers were presented, followed by a one-day field excursion to North Antrim and the exploration office of BP Coal Ltd.

“The geological background to the deposits was described by H. Cherry, who showed that the Oligocene Lough Neagh basin developed on the irregular surface of the Palaeocene Antrim Lava Group and explained the allocation of licenses for lignite exploration by the N.I. Department of Economic Development. I. C. Legg outlined the distribution of lignite deposits within the basin, and gave details of particularly rich deposits in the regions of Crumlin, Co. Antrim; Coagh, Co. Tyrone; and Ballymoney, Counties Antrim and Londonderry. Lignite deposits also occur to the south of Lough Neagh in Co. Armagh but not at a
workable thickness or depth.” (© Geological Society of London 1989)
Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus
Kilroot power station was built between 1974 and 1982 with generation starting in 1981. The chimney, at 650ft, is the tallest structure (other than transmitting masts) in Northern Ireland. This link has more information about the station’s history LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Coastal 
Place (from Tags)
Carrickfergus  Belfast Lough 
Primary Subject of Photo
Power Station 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 439 885 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.4666N 5:46.0366W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 378 784
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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