Hunterston Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

Hunterston Terminal was a coal-handling port in North Ayrshire, Scotland. It was operated by the Peel Group.


The port is located at Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde. It lies adjacent to Hunterston estate, the site of Hunterston Castle.

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The Hunterston site was originally constructed by British Steel to import raw materials for the Scottish steel industry. In 1993 it was purchased by Clydeport, now part of Peel Ports. It features a mile-long jetty capable of unloading 2,800 tonnes of coal an hour. The loader supplied coal to feeder ships to be transferred to coal-fired power stations in Northern Ireland and England.[1] The terminal was capable of an annual throughput of up to eight million tonnes a year.[2]

The Hunterston Terminal was closed in 2016, and the site was cleared starting in March 2019.[3]

Plants supplied

Among other users, coal from Hunterston Terminal supplied Longannet power station in Fife and the Drax power station in Yorkshire.

Project Details

  • Operator: Peel Group
  • Location: North Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Capacity (Tonnes per annum): 8 million
  • Status: Retired (2016)
  • Type: Imports

Articles and Resources


  1. "Hunterston terminal jobs at risk after Longannet closure announced," STV, 1 September 2015
  2. "Stockyard," Hunterston Terminal, accessed Nov 2015
  3. Hunterston Terminal, Wikipedia, Accessed August 25, 2021

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