The cooling towers of a defunct power plant collapse in videos of demolition explosions

11th June, 2021.      //   Climate Change  // 

A controlled explosion has collapsed four cooling towers at a disused power station in Staffordshire.

Families were encouraged to stay at home and watch the Rugeley cooling towers being demolished over the internet.

Engie, the event’s owners, livestreamed the event on YouTube to keep hundreds of bystanders away. However, images taken by the Press Association indicate a sizable audience gathering to watch the event.

Since the 1950s, the 117m (384ft) concrete towers have dominated the South Staffordshire skyline, supplying electricity to millions of homes. Around 11:15 a.m. today, they were detonated with explosives.

Engie, the previous operator of the power station and a French energy company, plans to rehabilitate the land for housing and employment.

In April of this year, outline planning permission for 2,300 additional “low carbon” dwellings and a school was given.

According to Engie, the larger development will feature more than 12 acres of office space, a new neighborhood center, and a country park near the River Trent.

Rugeley ‘B’ Power Station, a coal-fired power station, commenced construction in 1965 and was completed in 1972. On June 8, 2016, it discontinued all operations.

“We are committed to rebuilding greener from the pandemic, and Engie’s low carbon regeneration project is a remarkable initiative showcasing how industrial sites can be revived to enable sustainable living,” said Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

“While supporting our ambitious climate pledges, this innovative redevelopment will help breathe new life into the local community, bringing new jobs, thousands of low-carbon dwellings, and a new school.”

The enormous structure was one of the region’s final vestiges of its proud coal-mining past.

Rugeley B, which was finished in 1970 and joined Rugeley A on the huge site, was made up of the four remaining towers.

Rugeley A’s first of five cooling towers became the world’s first major dry cooling towers.

After the nearby Lea Hill colliery closed in 1991, coal had to be carried to the furnaces by train.

As a result, Rugeley A began to be dismantled in 1994, signaling the end of the power station.It was dismantled in 1996 after consuming 40 million tons of coal during its existence.

Both installations were originally run by the Central Electricity Generating Board before being sold to National Power.

Rugeley B employed 850 workers and powered half a million homes at its peak output of 600 megawatts in 1983.

After plans to switch to biomass burning were abandoned, Rugeley B was shuttered in 2016, resulting in the layoff of 150 personnel.

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