Rugeley Power Station: Explosive Demolition

Rugeley Power Station Event

Brown and Mason delivered yet another impressive but perfectly executed safe explosive demolition project at our Rugeley Power Station project at 10am on the 4th of July 2019. It was clearly a project planned out meticulously by the best explosive demolition team available.

Our client, Engie, retain overall responsibility for the site but have contracted the services of Brown and Mason as Principal Contractor to maintain operational control and to carry out the safe demolition of structures at Rugeley Power Station.


Rugeley Demolition Event Explosive Demolition 2

Having analysed the structure and then carried out a comparative risk assessment with regard to the feasibility of the use of explosives to affect a mode of collapse against the risk to personnel from working at height during hand demolition or the possible risk to plant operatives and plant due to use of a high reach machine this structure has been designated for explosive demolition.

Rugeley Demolition Event Explosive Demolition 3

The event details are as follows:

Event Description

Event 3 4th July 2019 at 10am Precips 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, Coal Tower, Conveyors and Associated Ducts

The structures are situated to the West of the Power Station. They consist of a number of steel structures which will be demolished simultaneously.

The main structures are:

  • Precipitators 6.1, 6.2, & 6.3 are approximately 49 metres long, 16m wide and 28m high.
  • Precipitators  6.0 is approximately 26m high, 19m long and 12m wide.
  • The coal tower is approximately 30m high, 14m wide and 22m long.
  • In addition, the demolition will bring down the associated conveyors and ducting.

Environmental Monitoring

All Brown and Mason explosive events are monitored for key environmental impacts, the impacts having been assessed as potentially significant are:

  • Air quality (Air borne dust)
  • Vibration
  • Air over pressure

In addition to the potential environmental impacts asbestos air monitoring will also be carried out.