Second Thorpe Marsh cooling tower demolished

The demolition of the second cooling tower at Thorpe Marsh.

The demolition of the second cooling tower at Thorpe Marsh.

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A SECOND cooling tower at the former Thorpe Marsh Power station has been demolished.

Demolition experts used a relatively new system involving wires to drag the thousands of tonnes of masonry to the ground.

ABLE now says the operation has proved that using these modern techniques that avoids the use of explosives is both successful and effective.

Clearance work at Thorpe Marsh, including the removal of six 100 metres high towers, is underway following the announcement by the Government last October of approval for the construction of a £984 million gas power plant by Acorn Power developments.

ABLE Manager Director Andrew Jacques said: “We will continue to move ahead with demolition of the remaining towers over the next few months with the aim of completing clearance work before the end of the year.”

Thorpe Marsh Power Station, which opened in the early 1960s, finally closed in 1994 and the site was acquired by ABLE a year later.