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Cockenzie Coal Towers set for Controlled Explosive Demolition


Two steel towers, located at the coal handling plant adjacent to Cockenzie Power Station, are set to be brought down in a controlled explosive demolition event on Tuesday 3rd March at 2pm. Both structures weigh in the region of 120 tonnes, with ‘Coal Tower 2’ being 25 metres in height and the ‘Coalfield Unloading Hopper’ approximately 22 metres high.

Following discussions with the Police, no road closures are required for the event, which will again be managed by ScottishPower’s main contractor Brown and Mason. Due to tree cover and the proximity of earth embankments to the structures, unfortunately there are no suitable viewing areas for the event.

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, ScottishPower Project Manager, said: “This is the tenth controlled explosive demolition event that we have managed at Cockenzie, and again we have worked closely with the Police and East Lothian Council to put plans in place. 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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