Demolition of Cockenzie power station towers to mark end of a Scottish Power era

Cockenzie power station
Cockenzie power station

The landmark twin chimney stacks at the former Cockenzie Power Station site near Edinburgh will be brought down by a controlled explosion at noon on Saturday 26 September 2015.

A second controlled explosion soon after will demolish the turbine hall at the East Lothian power station.

The twin chimney stacks are both 149m tall and were constructed in time for the coal station opening in 1967. The turbine hall structure is predominantly made of steel.

Cockenzie power station generated more than 150 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in its lifetime, enough to power the average annual electricity needs of more than 1 million homes every year during its 45 years of operation.

The “button press” to initiate the demolition of both chimneys, will be carried out by East Lothian resident Donald McCulloch, the winner of a charity raffle.

The safety restrictions will cover Greenhills, sections of Edinburgh Road and the John Muir Way, as well as extending in to the Firth of Forth. Scottish Power said viewing locations in the immediate vicinity of the power station would be very limited.

The demolition will be undertaken by Brown and Mason, who have successfully managed similar projects for Scottish Power in recent years at Inverkip Power Station and Methil Power Station.

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