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Chimney to come tumbling down in controlled blast at former Barrow power station

A FORMER Barrow power station chimney is set to be blown up with a dramatic controlled explosion, the Evening Mail can reveal.

Earlier this year Centrica submitted plans to Barrow Borough Council to demolish the former Roosecote power station.

Roosecote’s impending demise was announced in 2012 after controversial proposals to build a biomass power station were withdrawn due to a change in government policy.

Centrica has now confirmed that demolition of the power station will begin later this month.

The chimney stack of the station, visible across the Furness peninsula, will be demolished using a controlled explosion expected to take place in January or February.

Tony Jarvis, head of thermal power projects at Centrica Energy, said: “Roosecote power station has been a feature on Barrow’s skyline for decades, producing electricity for UK homes.

“Our number one priority now is making sure it is demolished safely.

“We will also be doing everything we can to make sure we minimise the effect of the demolition on our neighbours as much as possible.”

After receiving approval from Barrow Borough Council, the above ground installations, workshop building, main turbine building and fuel oil tanks at the site will be demolished by deconstruction experts Ron Hull Demolition Ltd.

Alongside Ron Hull Demolition, Centrica said it will be in close contact with the nearby community to keep residents and businesses updated on how and when the demolition will be completed.

A power station has been located at Roosecote for more than half a century and the fate of the chimney stack next year will mimic the demise of the first power station on the site.

A 120,000KW coal-fired power station opened in 1955, closed in 1986 and was demolished in 1990, including a controlled explosion of the chimneys.

A new gas-fired power station was then built on the site thanks to a new company, Lakeland Power; 80 per cent owned by Asea Brown Boveri and 20 per cent by Cumbria Power.

In October 1989, the North Western Electricity Board signed an agreement with Lakeland Power to have a supply of electricity – the first such agreement between a UK Regional Electricity Company and a private generator.

Norweb also bought 20 per cent of the company.

Construction began the same year the coal-fired power station was demolished and less than two years later, Roosecote was commissioned, becoming the first independent power project since the privatisation of the UK electricity industry in 1990.

Then in the late 1990s, things started to look bleak for Roosecote. One of the stakeholders, California-based Edison Mission Energy, went into receivership in 2002 and the power station was shut down.

The energy company bought the power station from the receivers of Lakeland Power in May 2003 for £24m.

Roosecote was eventually closed in 2012 due to market conditions.

Have your say

That'll teach it NOT TO SMOKE.

Posted by captainbluebirdseye on 6 September 2014 at 13:23

I was surprised the Evening Mail failed to mention that the chimney to be demolished at Roosecote power station was actually built in barrow by VSEL. Just goes to show that the shipyard could diversify production if it were required when submarines become museum relics and world peace reigns at last.

Posted by David Wright on 4 September 2014 at 19:56

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