RWE announces timings of Didcot A Power Station Northern Cooling Towers demolition

RWE, the owner of Didcot A Power Station site, has today confirmed that the next phase of demolition will take place on Sunday 18th August 2019 between 6 am and 8 am.

The date and time of the demolition have been selected to minimise disruption as much as possible, as this is when the roads around the site are typically at their quietest.

The remaining demolition of Didcot A Power Station is scheduled to take place in two stages, with this initial activity taking down the three remaining northern cooling towers, before a subsequent demolition of the chimney, on the south side of the site. This is expected to take place in early Autumn.

RWE and its contractor Brown and Mason have been planning this demolition over several months, liaising with the relevant local authorities. Health and safety is RWE’s main priority, and an exclusion zone will be set up around the site to protect everyone on site and in the local area.

To accommodate this exclusion zone, there will be a temporary planned footpath closure on the day and an application has been submitted to the relevant local authorities to accommodate this.

Members of the public will not be allowed within the exclusion zone and there will be no road closures as part of the demolition activity.

To ensure that members of the community are kept safe during the demolition process, RWE is actively discouraging all forms of public participation, including attempts to view the demolition from close quarters.

Tiernan Foley RWE demolition project manager said, “We understand the power station has been part of the local community for over 48 years and for many people the demolition will mark a significant day for both Didcot and Oxfordshire. We would like to thank the local community for their support and all the people who have worked at the site.”