Didcot A Power Station demolition date announced

Since the partial collapse of the Didcot A power station in February 2016, RWE Generation UK’s priority has been to recover the three men still missing following this tragic accident as quickly and as safely as possible. 

To progress with this recovery operation, the remaining section of the boiler house has to be brought down. The design of a demolition plan to do this has been extremely complicated, as the company has not had access to the building to fully assess conditions or place demolition charges manually.

Together with its contractors, RWE Generation UK has successfully developed a unique demolition method to try and overcome these complexities. This method, developed and tested specifically for use at the Didcot site, uses remote operated vehicles (ROVs) to place demolition charges at precise points at the base of the building’s columns. The plan has now been accepted by the Multi-agency Strategic Coordination Group.

The demolition is now scheduled to take place on the morning of Sunday 17 July between 05:30 and 07:30hrs.

Important Information on logistics and process for demolition:

  • An exclusion zone for the demolition has been set up within the Didcot A Power Station boundary fence. Emergency services will be on stand-by for the duration of the demolition.
  • As soon as the building has been brought down and an inspection confirms the structure has been demolished and the area is safe, contractors will immediately mobilise to resume the recovery operation.
  • To ensure safety of all concerned some road closures will be required for up to two hours: a small section of the A4130 will be closed between the railway bridge and Southmead Industrial Estate and Milton Road will be closed between the railway bridge and the traffic lights. Road diversions will be in place throughout the road closures.
  • Given that the remaining structure is made mostly of steel, the explosion and collapse may be heard off site. Any noise is expected to be over in less than a minute.
  • It is possible that there will be airborne dust from the site; this is not harmful but could cause a nuisance. Road sweepers and road cleaners will be on hand should they be required. All local residents are advised to keep their windows and doors shut for the duration of the demolition, as a precaution.
  • Local residents with questions regarding the demolition can please contact 0845 077 0150.

RWE Generation UK requests that members of the public do not attempt to gain access to the site, for safety reasons and out of respect for the families of the three men involved in this incident.