Keltbray tears down 198 meters of power plant chimneys: Video

In a single blowdown, the two chimneys, the main boiler house and the bunker bay were removed.

At 198 meters high, the two chimneys were the tallest structures at the Ferrybridge site. This blowdown was followed by the successful demolition of a cooling tower at the site in July 2019 and four additional cooling towers in October of the same year.

Keltbray carried out the demolition with controlled explosives, with a 250-meter exclusion zone established to ensure safety. In addition, nearby homes were briefly evacuated, with Keltbray and property owner SSE working with residents throughout the period.

Bobby Ellis, Keltbray Senior Project Manager, Demolition & Construction, said: “The blowdown this morning was a success. The demolition was planned for months and marks another major milestone in history, not just in Ferrybridge but in the UK in general.

“Keltbray is committed to showing consideration for the communities in which we operate. In addition to working with local residents, we carried out extensive ground surveillance to ensure that the surrounding buildings were not affected by the demolition and we are pleased to announce that the activity was safe and efficient.

“The demolition activities are part of SSE and Keltbray’s ongoing commitment to be low carbon and focus on renewable energies, in line with UK ambitions of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the project team for the hard work. Many thanks also to the local community for their patience and cooperation. “

Martin Pibworth, Energy and Commercial Director, SSE Group, said: “This blowdown marks an important milestone in our decommissioning of Ferrybridge ‘C’ and is another special and poignant moment for the local community as the power plant plays an important role in so many people’s lives.

“With the UK looking to lead by example in tackling climate change, SSE is committed to advancing the transition to a net zero future with a core focus on renewable energy, backed by state-of-the-art, low-carbon power plants.

“This most recent crash was planned for many months and we worked closely with local residents, Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, the Highways Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure a safe and efficient demolition.”

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