Lingan Generating Station

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Lingan Generating Station
Lingan Generating Station.jpg
The Lingan Generating Station viewed from the north.
Lingan Generating Station, Nova Scotia
LocationLingan, Nova Scotia
Coordinates46°14′08″N 60°02′21″W / 46.235541°N 60.039270°W / 46.235541; -60.039270Coordinates: 46°14′08″N 60°02′21″W / 46.235541°N 60.039270°W / 46.235541; -60.039270
Construction began1977
Commission date1979
Owner(s)Nova Scotia Power
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Secondary fuelBunker C (#6 Heavy Oil)
Power generation
Units operational4
Nameplate capacity620 MW

The Lingan Generating Station is a 620 MW Canadian electrical generating station located in the community of Lingan in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

A thermal generating station, Lingan was opened by then-provincial Crown corporation Nova Scotia Power Corporation on November 1, 1979 at the height of the 1970s oil crisis. It was designed to burn coal mined nearby by the Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO) as a means of reducing Nova Scotia's reliance of foreign oil for electrical generation.

The plant burns coal and features four boilers and two 152 m (500 ft)[1] chimneys. The plant consumes 1.5 million tonnes of coal per year and currently generates approximately twenty-five percent of the province's electricity, while producing roughly fifty percent of the province's air pollution, including hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid, hexachlorobenzene and mercury.[2] Emissions in the form of particulates are a frequent source of pollution complaints in the neighbourhood and region.

Until the 2001 shut down of coal production by DEVCO, Lingan was supplied almost exclusively with locally mined coal from the Sydney Coal Field. Following closure of its mines, Nova Scotia Power purchased the federal Crown corporation's surface assets, including shipping piers on Sydney Harbour and the Devco Railway which was used to haul coal to the Lingan Generating Station. Nova Scotia Power subcontracted with the Quebec Railway Corporation to operate this rail line as the Sydney Coal Railway. In order to meet emissions standards, the company now imports coal containing fewer pollutants from the United States and South America, which is hauled from the Port of Sydney by the SCR to the generating station.

In 2005, Nova Scotia Power announced a $100 million upgrade for the Lingan Generating Station, including the installation of a scrubber (flue gas desulphurization) or FGD and low nitrogen oxide burners. This project was later 'scrubbed' and postponed indefinitely.[citation needed]

Near collision[edit]

On April 14, 1994, a courier flight originating from Moncton and destined for Sydney Airport had a near collision event with the power plant. Witnesses reported that the plane had nearly struck the building on its approach to the airport. An investigation into the incidence later confirmed that the plane had dropped to 140 feet agl and came within 50 feet of the structure while traveling at over 300 mph.[3]

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