Ferrybridge demolition: Power stations knocked down with controlled explosion in West Yorkshire

This footage exhibits the autumn of 4 cooling towers on the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station as they have been demolished in a controlled explosion, 

There demise has been referred to as a “significant milestone in the history of the UK energy industry”.

Parts of West Yorkshire got here to a standstill because the landmark towers, on the junction of the A1(M) and M62 motorways, collapsed..

Around 100 properties have been evacuated across the website through the demolition.

People gathered on roadsides and in close by fields to look at the spectacle. 

The 4 towers fell in a controlled explosion (AFP by way of Getty Images)

Roads have been closed and rolling street blocks have been used on the motorways because the towers have been collapsed.

Spectators in close by Pontefract watched in the rain because the 4 114-metre-high towers collapsed.

They fell in enormous clouds of mud in a demolition that took round 10 seconds.

Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, supplied the UK with vitality for 50 years till its homeowners, vitality firm SSE, made the choice to shut the coal-fired energy station in March 2016.

Motorway visitors delivered to a standstill (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

Sunday’s demolition comes after one other of Ferrybridge’s eight cooling towers was introduced down in July when Tower Six collapsed in a controlled explosion.

The ultimate three towers are being retained in case a choice is taken to make use of the bottom for a brand new gas-fired energy station.

Drew McAdam, head of demolition at SSE, mentioned: “The removal of these four cooling towers will be the single biggest blowdown event in the three-year demolition project at the site.”

Mr McAdam continued: “Ferrybridge C proudly produced electrical energy for 50 years and its decommissioning and demolition is a big milestone in the historical past of the UK vitality business.

“As the UK seems to be to take motion on local weather change, SSE is dedicated to supporting the low-carbon transition with a core give attention to renewable vitality.”

Ferrybridge C opened in 1966 and have become the primary energy station in Europe to succeed in producing electrical energy from a 500-megawatt machine.

The station made the document books once more in 1973, when one of many mills set a world document by operating continuous for five,448 hours, producing 2,999 gigawatt hours.

SSE determined to close down the ability station because it was believed to have not been economical.

The demolition actions on the website are anticipated to be totally accomplished by summer time 2021 and are a part of SSE’s ongoing transition to a low-carbon vitality future, in line with the UK’s ambition for web zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The firm has dedicated to additional decreasing the carbon depth of the electrical energy it generates by 50 per cent by 2030.

Reporting by PA. 

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