Didcot A demolition ‘by end of 2019’

26 July 2018

The owner of Didcot A power station in the United Kingdom – the scene of a tragedy that claimed the lives of four demolition workers – has outlined the timetable for the final stages of its demolition.

RWE Npower said the cooling towers and chimney at the power station, in Oxfordshire in the south of England, would be taken down next summer with full demolition completed by the end of next year.

Mick Collings, Ken Cresswell, Chris Huxtable and John Shaw died when part of the boiler house at the site collapsed on the afternoon of February 23, 2016. The collapse is still under investigation.

The RWE statement said: “Following completion of Unit 3 and 4 boiler clearance, Didcot A Power Station site returned to sole control of RWE at the end of March this year. We will continue to give our full cooperation to the Police and Health & Safety Executive in their ongoing investigations into the Didcot A building collapse.

“With our contractor, we have agreed a demolition plan for the remainder of the Didcot A power station site which includes demolition of the north cooling towers and chimney. The programme for this year will also involve the clearance of all low level buildings, disposal and recycling of demolition materials and making the site safe for future use.

“Explosive demolition of the cooling towers and chimney is planned for summer 2019 and we therefore anticipate full demolition of the Didcot A site to be completed by the end of next year.”

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