Moment when four 300-foot-tall cooling towers at power plant are reduced to rubble

Moment as four 300-foot cooling towers of the 1960s Eggborough coal-fired power station are reduced to rubble during controlled demolition

  • Cooling towers were demolished after 8am on Sunday at the former Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire
  • Power station with 300 ft towers containing 11,000 tons of concrete was decommissioned in 2018
  • The first four have now been demolished as part of a plan to redevelop the site

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Four 300-foot cooling towers were demolished just after 8 a.m. at the former Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire on Sunday.

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned in 2018 and four of the eight towers – each containing about 11,000 tons of reinforced concrete – were demolished as part of a plan to redevelop the site.

The cooling towers can be seen for miles and have been a landmark in Yorkshire for 50 years, along with those of the other two nearby power stations along the M62, at Drax and Ferrybridge.

Four 300-foot cooling towers were demolished just after 8am on Sunday at the former Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire

Spectators spread across the fields surrounding the site’s rural location to watch the demolition, despite the gloomy, drizzle.

The Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM when police closed roads and 40 guards patrolled a 350-metre exclusion area.

DSM Technical Director Billy Young said: ‘We are pleased that all the planning and hard work that has led to today has enabled us to achieve a successful demolition.

“We appreciate that a large number of Eggborough residents and businesses may be disturbed by the work, but we have worked hard to communicate with them behind the scenes and by correspondence to minimize this.

“We would like to thank them and the rest of the community for their patience thus far and assure everyone that we will do everything we can to minimize further disruption.”

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned in 2018 and four of the eight towers - each containing about 11,000 tons of reinforced concrete - were demolished as part of a plan to redevelop the site

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned in 2018 and four of the eight towers – each containing about 11,000 tons of reinforced concrete – were demolished as part of a plan to redevelop the site

The cooling towers can be seen for miles and have been a landmark in Yorkshire for 50 years, along with those of the other two nearby power stations along the M62, at Drax and Ferrybridge

The cooling towers can be seen for miles and have been a landmark in Yorkshire for 50 years, along with those of the other two nearby power stations along the M62, at Drax and Ferrybridge

Eggborough’s 2000 megawatt power station began generating electricity in 1967 and produced enough to power the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield together, employing 300 people.

The site was acquired in 2019 by the St Francis Group, who are planning an industrial and distribution park on the site once the rest of the station is demolished, including the remaining four cooling towers and the main 260-foot chimney.

Ferrybridge C twin power station, six miles to the west, has also been decommissioned and partially demolished.

But the massive Drax power station, eight miles to the east, remains Britain’s largest electricity producer, although it has switched from coal to biomass burning in recent years.

Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM as police closed roads and 40 guards patrolled a 350m exclusion area

Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM as police closed roads and 40 guards patrolled a 350m exclusion area

Eggborough's 2000 megawatt power station began generating electricity in 1967 and produced enough to power the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield together, employing 300 people

Eggborough’s 2000 megawatt power station began generating electricity in 1967 and produced enough to power the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield together, employing 300 people

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