We're continuing to work very closely with a number of explosives experts and local agencies including the Highways Agency and Police to ensure that we have everything in place so we can clear the way for our proposed renewable energy development.
(PRWEB) August 31, 2007
Engineers perform test blast in preparation for demolition of the Tinsley cooling towers.
E.ON UK has successfully carried out a series of small explosive tests in preparation for the demolition of the cooling towers at Blackburn Meadows.
The team of explosive engineers prepared two legs on the inner side of the towers and sections of the shells in order to determine the quantity of explosives required to bring the towers down safely in the future.
Ian Hughes, Site Manager at Blackburn Meadows, said: "These tests are absolutely essential in preparing for the demolition and stand us in good stead to bring the towers down later this year.
"We're continuing to work very closely with a number of explosives experts and local agencies including the Highways Agency and Police to ensure that we have everything in place so we can clear the way for our proposed renewable energy development."
No date has been set for the demolition of the cooling towers.
The Blackburn Meadows Power Station was built between 1937 and 1942. The remaining cooling towers are two of seven cooling towers that once stood on the site.
- E.ON submitted a scoping statement to statutory consultees including Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council on Wednesday 18th July outlining plans to develop a £60m biomass power station at Blackburn Meadows;
- Rated at 25MW, the new renewable energy plant would produce enough power for around 40,000 homes by burning a combination of recycled wood and specially grown crops such as willow and elephant grass;
- The plant would also displace the emission of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year -- the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the UK's roads each year -- and is expected to create 20 full-time jobs.
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