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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Plan submitted to demolish old Barrow power station

STRUCTURES which have dominated part of Barrow’s skyline for decades could be due for demolition.

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proposal Centrica has applied to Barrow Borough Council to demolish structures at Roosecote Power Station

Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Roosecote Power Station by its owner Centrica.

The closure of the site was announced in 2012 after controversial proposals to create an 80mw biomass power station were withdrawn.

It is expected the demolition which will see all above ground structures at the redundant plant will be dismantled and the process will take between six and nine months.

This includes the turbine hall; the administration block; the water treatment plant building and associated tanks; the above-ground gas installation; and two fuel tanks.

However, a pump house on Cavendish Dock, the National Grid substation and the boiler house slab will remain.

The plant at Roosecote was initially opened as a coal power station in the 1950s and was closed in 1986.

In 1990, construction began on the gas plant 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.

Should planners approve the proposals work is preliminarily due to get under way on July 1 with work being completed by March 31 next year.

In reports submitted to Barrow Borough Council Centrica believes there will be around 3,273 tonnes of scrap metal removed from the site.

A Centrica spokesman said: “We are currently looking at the possibility of demolishing the power station, although I must stress that at this stage no firm decision has been taken.

“However, we have submitted prior notification to Barrow Borough Council that we are considering demolishing the above ground installations, workshop building, main turbine building and fuel oil tanks.

“We are awaiting a response from the council on this notification, and this response will help us to ensure that if and when the decision is taken to demolish, we fully understand any potential issues and implement all necessary mitigations to minimise potential effects of the works.”

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