Date set for Rugeley Power Station chimney demolition

Rugeley Power Station’s 183m-high chimney will be demolished using explosives next week.

A controlled demolition of ductwork around the main chimney at Rugeley Power Station took place in December last year
A controlled demolition of ductwork around the main chimney at Rugeley Power Station took place in December last year

At about 8am on January 24 the concrete chimney will be brought down at the site.

An exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the collapse which includes the A51. A road closure and diversion will be in place for a few hours.

A spokesman for owner ENGIE said: “The initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly, and any dust will be controlled with road sweepers.”

A livestream will be made available so members of the public can safely view the event – details will be made available on the rugeleypower.com website over the coming days.

The police will be in attendance and have asked that people consider the latest Covid-19 restrictions as these will be enforced.

The other structures, including cooling towers are scheduled for demolition at a later date this year.

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