Tilbury Power Station demolition update 2017

Coal unloaders removed

Tilbury Power Station reached another milestone in the demolition of the site, as it said goodbye to the two vast coal unloaders, that sat on the jetty for over twenty five years.

Following the station’s closure in 2013, demolition contractors Brown and Mason began work in January 2016 and they are progressing well, with larger explosive demolition planned for later this year.

Better known as the ‘Kones’, after the manufacturer’s name, the two coal unloaders were used to unload coal from the ships that transported coal to the station. Weighing 850 tonnes, each Kone was 36 metres tall, 46 metres long and 12 metres wide - unloading coal at a rate of up to 1500 tonnes/hour. When Tilbury was converted to biomass fuel in 2011 the Kones became redundant.

Unfortunately, attempts to sell the Kones were unsuccessful and they were included in the demolition contract for the Tilbury site. After an extensive search it was determined that the best solution would be to transport the Kones to the Netherlands where they could be safely demolished and sold for scrap.

Robert McLauchlan Tilbury Power Station demolition project manager said, ”The removal of the Kones completes the demolition works in the land area sold to the Port of Tilbury London Limited. The handover of the remaining land to the new owners will take place at the end of March.”

Brown and Mason have been progressing the demolition over the past 12 months, including the demolition of the coal conveyer system, stripping the Turbine Hall of all equipment, removing the transformers and preparing all buildings for explosive demolition.

Later this year will see the demolition of the turbine house, stacks and some of the unit precipitators.