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Date set for partial demolition of boiler house at Cockenzie Power Station


A controlled explosive demolition will blowdown a section of the boiler house structure at Cockenzie Power Station on the 4th November at 2pm.

The demolition will bring down the 'de-aerator bay', which forms part of the main boiler house. It is located to the south side of the building and is approximately 236 metres long, 14 metres wide and 56 metres high. This event will not bring down the full building. The remainder will be programmed for later this winter.

Although this will not be a major viewing spectacle, a section of the Greenhills will be open to the public. The John Muir Way and Edinburgh Road are to be closed one hour prior to the event, and they will be reopened as soon as practicable after the all clear is sounded.

ScottishPower Project Manager George Camps said: "Our detailed studies suggest that the best way to remove the boiler house building is with two separate controlled explosive demolitions. This first event will remove the section to the south of the building. The demolition will again be managed by Brown and Mason.

"We hope to carry out the second demolition either later this year or early next year, and we will announce more details when plans are fully developed.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by the closure of Edinburgh Road for this event, which is necessary due to the proximity of the boiler house to the road. We will do all that we can to reopen the road as quickly as possible after the event."