Cockenzie power station coal towers set for explosive demolition

TCockenzie power stationwo steel towers located at the coal-handling plant at Cockenzie power station, near Edinburgh, are set to be demolished in a controlled explosion next week.

Both structures weighing around 120 tonnes, with ‘Coal Tower 2’ being 25 metres in height and the ‘Coalfield Unloading Hopper’ approximately 22 metres high. ‘Blast-off’ is scheduled for 2pm on Tuesday, March 3.

When the station was operational, coal was transported from the coal handling plant over a distance to storage bunkers at the rear of the station via a conveyor. ScottishPower has already successfully removed the coal conveyor over Edinburgh Road and, most recently, the storage bunkers at the rear of the station.

George Camps, Scottish Power Project Manager, said: “This is the 10th controlled explosive demolition event that we have managed at Cockenzie. During the demolition programme we have worked hard to ensure that our activities on site have as little impact as possible on the surrounding area.”

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