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First stage of Rugeley Power Station demolition completed

By Jordan Reynolds | Rugeley | News | Published:

The first stage of the demolition of Rugeley Power Station's landmark towers was carried out today.

Rugeley Power Station

The explosive demolition brought down the large ductwork system that served the former power station’s 'flue gas desulphurisation plant'. Constructed mainly of steel, the ductwork structure was approximately 160m long, 7.7m wide and 32m high.

The blowdown event, which was scheduled to take place around 10am, was delayed by demolition experts to allow fog to clear on-site – and was completed at 11am. The collapsed structure is now being cleared.

Prior to the event an exclusion zone was put in place, within the power station boundary, ensuring there was no public access, and no impact on the local road network.

The other main structures, including boiler house, chimney and cooling cowers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.

The news comes after plans were announced for a mixed-use development that has the potential to include more than 2,000 homes - transforming the site into an entirely new sustainable and smart community.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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