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The BBC's Kate Fawcett reports
"It's all systems go for the big bang later today"
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Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 07:02 GMT 08:02 UK
Twin towers to be demolished
Kincardine Power Station
The chimneys are visible for miles
One of Central Scotland's most famous landmarks, the twin chimneys at Kincardine Power Station, are to be demolished.

About 80 nearby houses will be evacuated as the 400ft towers on the edge of the River Forth are blown up.

The low lying countryside along the banks of the River Forth mean the two chimneys are clearly visible for miles.

Together they weigh 15,000 tonnes and consist of four million bricks.

The power station began generating in l958, producing electricity until 10 years ago.

Energy consumption

Its lifetime output of 51,000 gigawatt hours is roughly equivalent to Scotland's total energy consumption over a two year period.

The station was fuelled by small coal, called slack, from nearby pits, and burned up to 2.5 million tonnes a year.

In its heyday it employed nearby 500 staff and for two years running, won the accolade of the UK's most efficient power station.

Two local people will press the plunger to blow up the chimneys.

As well as houses being evacuated, there will also be temporary road closures.

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