RWE receives planning permission for essential works on Cambois beach

RWE Generation UK plc has received planning permission to carry out further demolition and mitigation works on structures within a small section of Cambois beach. This formed part of the former Blyth A and B Power Station.

Blyth Power Station closed in 2001.The buildings on the site were demolished over two years, ending with the demolition of the station’s chimneys on 7 December 2003.

When in operation, the power station used water from the Blyth estuary, adjacent to the power station. The water was returned to the sea by a reinforced concrete outfall structure across Cambois beach. This discharged into the sea just below the low water mark.

During the demolition of the power station this outfall structure was partially demolished to below beach level. However, occasionally certain weather conditions can change the levels of sand on the beach and expose parts of the structure.

RWE has contracted local firm Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd, to break out and remove as much of the remains of the former cooling water outfall structure as possible. In addition, a new rock groyne will be constructed to cover any remaining part of the former outfall.

The company now has all required licences, permissions and consents in place and will be working over the coming months to discharge all relevant conditions before site work starts. In preparation for the commencement of this work, some vegetation clearance will take place.

The removal work is expected to begin in late March and will be carried out during low tidal periods and appropriate weather conditions. Public access to the beach may be affected for short periods during the project, however, we will be focussing on minimising any disruption. The works are expected to be completed by the end of summer 2016.

RWE will continue to provide information related to this project throughout the work. Steve Boughton, Head of RWE Generation UK Business Development said,” We want to ensure that this stretch of Cambois beach remains safe to use for everyone. We will be working with local authorities and agencies over the coming months and will ensure that we publicise relevant information about this project effectively”.