In the past few minutes, the explosive demolition team at Keltbray has carried out the controlled demolition of the boiler house and two stacks at the Ferrybridge Power Station in the North of England.
At 198-metres high, the two chimney stacks were the tallest structures at the iconic Ferrybridge site. This blowdown follows the successful demolition of a cooling tower at the site in July 2019 and four further cooling towers in October of the same year.
The former coal-fired power station was officially closed by SSE in March 2016, having produced electricity for over 50 years. The closure of the station and subsequent demolition works are part of SSE’s transition to a low-carbon energy future, in line with the UK’s target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Keltbray carried out the blowdown using controlled explosives, with a 250-metre exclusion zone being put in place to ensure safety. In addition, nearby homes were evacuated for a short time on the Sunday morning with Keltbray and SSE engaging with residents throughout.