Tilbury Power Station update and future developments
Tilbury Power Station closed on 31 October 2013 and the technical decommissioning has now been completed. The next phase, deconstruction and demolition, will begin early next year.
The decommissioning has included making the station safe, removal of system hazards, disconnection of redundant mechanical and electrical systems and removal of any unused materials from the site and sale of any large spare parts.
The Tilbury site is large and over the past 18 months RWE has been considering options for the former power station land. Current plans have defined the site into two parts, section 1 that is surplus to future plans and section 2 - land that will be retained for future energy requirements.
The land owned by RWE totals 140 hectares, 61 hectares will be marketed by international property consultancy JLL in the coming weeks with a view to being sold. This land includes the site of Tilbury ‘A’ station and the existing jetty structure on the river Thames. This surplus land has the potential to be redeveloped for a mixture of uses including commercial and industrial subject to the usual planning processes.
The land to be retained provides an excellent option for a future power station, located on the Thames, close to the largest area of demand in the UK, and having good transport links and infrastructure.
RWE are in advanced stages of selection for the preferred demolition contractor for the site, The contractor will be appointed by the end of the year with demolition starting on the site early 2016. The demolition methods for the site are subject to prior approval by Thurrock Council. The demolition of the site will take three years and finish at the end of 2018.
Steve Boughton Head of Business Development UK said, ”Our teams on site have been hard at work, preparing the site for demolition and section 1 sale. The demolition contract should be signed by the end of the year and we hope to begin work early next year. We would like to thank our local community for all their continued support.”