RWE submits planning application for civil engineering on Cambois beach

RWE Generation UK plc has applied for planning permission to carry out further demolition and mitigation works on structures that formed part of the former Blyth A and B Power Station.

Blyth Power Station closed in 2001, and both stations on the site were demolished over two years. The process ended with the demolition of the stations' chimneys on 7 December 2003.

When in operation, the power stations abstracted cooling water from the Blyth estuary, adjacent to the power stations, and returned the water to the sea by a reinforced concrete outfall structure across Cambois beach. The water discharged into the sea just below the low water mark.

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

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

Subject to all necessary consents being in place, the work will begin as soon as possible. Public access to the beach may be affected for short periods during the project, however everything will be done to ensure minimal disruption is caused to the local community.

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