The families of three people still missing after part of a power station collapsed have visited the disaster scene as emergency crews admitted it was “highly unlikely” they are still alive.
Plans to close a coal-fired power station have been announced, threatening the loss of 150 jobs.
Coal miners and power station staff should be offered Government aid similar to that given to thousands of steelworkers made redundant, ministers have been told.
The Scottish Government will do everything in its power to prevent the premature closure of Longannet, the Deputy First Minister has pledged. John Swinney was speaking in advance of a visit to the troubled Fife power station, which will close by the end of March next year unless it secures a short-term National Grid contract. A decision on the contract, which is to help maintain voltage levels in the electricity supply from April 2016 to October 2017, is expected by the end of the month. The Scottish Power-operated coal-fired station is under pressure from new European Union environmental legislation and carbon taxation combined with higher transmission charges to connect to the grid due to its location in Scotland.
Charges are set on a geographical basis and everyone pays more in the Highlands and Islands.
An energy company has failed to allay fears that transporting heavy electricity transformers for the Beauly to Denny power line down a steep Highland hill could endanger nearby homes and buildings.