Dramatic moment Ferrybridge power station was brought down in a single explosion


It took just seven seconds for a huge part of the iconic power station to be blown up.

SSE’s former Ferrybridge Power Station near Leeds has been part of the community and the Yorkshire skyline for as long as most can remember.

But today (August 22) marked another stage in the demolition of the historic power station.

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Around 9.40am this morning a rocket was launched into the air above Ferrybridge C – as sign that in just 60 seconds time part of the building would be blown to the ground.

Nearby birds quickly took flight, and many people from miles around the power station stood in anticipation of what was about to happen.

MP Alok Sharma, the President for COP26, then pressed the button for the demolition to commence.

The boiler house was the first to come crashing down, followed in quick succession by the two chimneys.

A bellowing sound echoed round the area. And just as quickly as it started it was over – it took just seven seconds.



Thick smoke hung in the air after the building had come down

There was an eerie silence for several seconds as crowds stood, awestruck, by the scene they’d just witnessed.

Thick plumes of smoke and dust ascended into the sky above, but soon disappeared.

SSE’s principal contractor Keltbray carried out the blowdown using controlled explosives, with a 250-metre exclusion zone in place to ensure safety.

Nearby homes were evacuated for a short time on the Sunday morning.



The demolition took just seven seconds

Mr Sharma, said: “It is time for countries to set out clear plans to consign coal power to the history books and safeguard our planet for future generations.

“The UK is moving fast towards a clean energy transition and the many new jobs in renewables, like those being created by SSE, demonstrate how many opportunities there are in our green industrial revolution.

“Pressing the button on this demolition is a symbolic moment for me and demonstrates that change is possible. But to limit global temperature rises and keep 1.5C within reach, the whole world needs to plan to consign coal power to the past.”

SSE Group Energy and Commercial Director, Martin Pibworth, added: “As the UK continues to lead the way in powering past coal, it’s crucial we’re investing in low-carbon alternatives to provide the flexible power generation needed to continue to enable a renewables-led energy system.”

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Earlier this month, four of eight cooling towers at nearby Eggborough power stations were demolished in another blowdown.

The demolition of the Ferrybridge power station began back in 2019, with it expected to be finished by the end of 2021.

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