Videos of demolition explosions show the collapse of the cooling towers of the old power plant
Four cooling towers of a former Staffordshire power station were demolished in a controlled explosion.
Families have been urged to stay in their homes to watch the demolition of Rugeley’s cooling towers online, Staffordshire Live reports.
The Engie owners broadcast the event live on YouTube to prevent hundreds of viewers from flocking to the site. However, the AP photos show a large crowd gathered to watch the show.
The 117m (384ft) concrete towers, which have dominated the South Staffordshire skyline since the 1950s, provide electricity to millions of homes. They were destroyed with explosives around 11:15 a.m. today.
The French energy company and former operator of the plant, Engie, plans to redevelop the site into housing and employment spaces.
A building permit was granted in April this year for 2,300 new “low carbon” houses and a school.
The larger development will include more than 12 acres of employment space, a new neighborhood hub and a country park near the Trent River, Engie said.
Construction of the Rugeley “B” coal-fired power plant began in 1965 and the facility was completed in 1972. It ceased all operations on June 8, 2016.
Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We are committed to rebuilding more environmentally after the pandemic and Engie’s low carbon regeneration project is a great initiative demonstrating how industrial sites can be. revitalized to provide a sustainable lifestyle.
“This innovative redevelopment will help breathe new life into the local community, creating new jobs, thousands of low-carbon homes and a new school, while supporting our ambitious climate commitments. “
The imposing monument represented one of the region’s last links with its proud coal heritage.
The remaining four towers made up Rugeley B which joined Rugeley A on the sprawling site when it was completed in 1970.
The first of five towers to be built at Rugeley A became the world’s first large dry cooling towers.
The closure of the nearby Lea Hill Colliery in 1991 required the transportation of coal by train to the kilns.
This led to the downfall of the plant with Rugeley A starting to be decommissioned in 1994.
It was demolished in 1996 after burning 40 million tonnes of coal in its lifetime.
Both sites were initially operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board before being privatized and transferred to National Power.
At its maximum capacity of 600 megawatts in 1983, the plant employed 850 people and Rugeley B supplied half a million homes.
When Rugeley B closed in 2016, 150 workers lost their jobs after the plan to switch to biomass combustion was abandoned.