3,2,1 – blast! Watch Didcot A demolition

They are some of the most iconic chimneys in the country – and as of 5am on Sunday 27th July, they’re gone. Three of the six 100-metre-high cooling towers of Didcot […]

By Vicky Ellis

They are some of the most iconic chimneys in the country – and as of 5am on Sunday 27th July, they’re gone.

Three of the six 100-metre-high cooling towers of Didcot A coal power plant were reduced to ground level in less than 10 seconds.

Demolition was hailed with a mix of joy and regret – with some tower-haters calling them ugly, while other fans wrote poetic tributes to the giant stacks.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Footage courtesy Coleman & Co

Engineering contractors Coleman & Company were responsible for the demolition and will spend weeks cleaning up the debris.

They plan to bring down the northern cooling towers and the chimney stack by the end of 2016.

The 2,000MW coal plant closed on 31st March 2013 after more than four decades of power generation.

Alan Robinson, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE Generation said: “Our new gas stations are continuing where Didcot A left off by providing reliable, low-cost electricity.”

Watch the video for the crucial ten seconds – or if you’d like to see blow-by-blow pictures of the demolition, check out the slider below:

 

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