Westwood shale oil works, West Lothian

Maker
Unknown
Production date
Circa 1910
Description
View of the shale oil works showing the conveyors, the retorts, chimneys and storage tanks. The shale bing is in the distance.
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Department
Maker
Production date
Circa 1910
Subject notes
Once roasted, the brown shale turned red. It took a lot of shale to produce a 100 litres of oil. The richest shale provided 200 litres per tonne but by the 1920s the best shale was worked out and only 110 litres per tonne were being obtained.
Accession number
P16683

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