nPower defends cooling towers demolition time decision

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NPOWER has defended its decision to hold the July 27 demolition of Didcot A power station between 3am and 5am.

The move was criticised by residents in Didcot and nearby villages, who say they would like to witness the structure’s final send-off.

And an online petition demanding the demolition be moved to 6am has gained almost 1,700 signatures. In an online poll conducted by the Oxford Mail, 80 per cent of readers who responded also agreed the towers should be demolished at a time when everyone could see it.

But last night nPower spokeswoman Kelly Brown said “local stakeholders”, including Network Rail, the Highways Agency, Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council, had requested it take place at that time.

She told the Oxford Mail: “Our prime concern is the health and safety of everyone involved.

“Large structures coming down could distract drivers, so the best time to do it is when there are fewer cars on the roads, such as in the early morning.

“Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there. The best time to do that is when there are fewer trains running. We understand the power station has been part of the local community for over 42 years and for many the demolition will mark a significant day for Didcot and Oxfordshire.”

To add your name to the petition, visit change.org/ petitions/rwe-npower-delay-the-demolition-of-didcot-power-station-until-6am

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8:54am Wed 2 Jul 14

lofty says...

Sounds like a very sensible explanation.

If people are that keen on seeing the towers come down they can wake up a little earlier and see it happen.
Sounds like a very sensible explanation. If people are that keen on seeing the towers come down they can wake up a little earlier and see it happen. lofty
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9:20am Wed 2 Jul 14

jkg says...

Absolutely, the primary consideration must be safety, and all risks must be analysed including weather conditions, motor and rail traffic, etc. If that determines the best time is between 3am and 5am then people must get up early if they want to watch.
Absolutely, the primary consideration must be safety, and all risks must be analysed including weather conditions, motor and rail traffic, etc. If that determines the best time is between 3am and 5am then people must get up early if they want to watch. jkg
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10:25am Wed 2 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

“Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there.”

Yes I suspect Network rail dictated the time to to them so it would impact the least on them financially as they would have to compensate FGW quite heavily for the unavailability of the line for 3 hours during the daylight hours. - nothing to do with Health and Safety of the public.
“Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there.” Yes I suspect Network rail dictated the time to to them so it would impact the least on them financially as they would have to compensate FGW quite heavily for the unavailability of the line for 3 hours during the daylight hours. - nothing to do with Health and Safety of the public. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 7

10:25am Wed 2 Jul 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

“Large structures coming down could distract drivers, so the best time to do it is when there are fewer cars on the roads, such as in the early morning.'

Other parts of the country manage it and turn it into a big media event so why not Didcot towers ?
“Large structures coming down could distract drivers, so the best time to do it is when there are fewer cars on the roads, such as in the early morning.' Other parts of the country manage it and turn it into a big media event so why not Didcot towers ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 12

5:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

There will still be the chimney stack & north towers to demolish. It's not like the skyline will change completely just yet.
There will still be the chimney stack & north towers to demolish. It's not like the skyline will change completely just yet. Manor Born
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Wed 2 Jul 14

MCM245 says...

Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".
Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch". MCM245
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Adrian1 says...

I do hope we can nail the time down to the minute please, up at 02:30 to finally see the fall 04:59 would be annoying, as would be chancing it getting up at 04:30 to thuds and a rumble of falling rubble over to the right out of sight.
I do hope we can nail the time down to the minute please, up at 02:30 to finally see the fall 04:59 would be annoying, as would be chancing it getting up at 04:30 to thuds and a rumble of falling rubble over to the right out of sight. Adrian1
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Wed 2 Jul 14

King Joke says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
“Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there.”

Yes I suspect Network rail dictated the time to to them so it would impact the least on them financially as they would have to compensate FGW quite heavily for the unavailability of the line for 3 hours during the daylight hours. - nothing to do with Health and Safety of the public.
I suppose cutting off South Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire off from the rest of the country is a minor consideration then?
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: “Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there.” Yes I suspect Network rail dictated the time to to them so it would impact the least on them financially as they would have to compensate FGW quite heavily for the unavailability of the line for 3 hours during the daylight hours. - nothing to do with Health and Safety of the public.[/p][/quote]I suppose cutting off South Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire off from the rest of the country is a minor consideration then? King Joke
  • Score: -1

3:11am Thu 3 Jul 14

Bsc.Champ says...

Anyone worried about breathing in all those dust particles while watching?
Anyone worried about breathing in all those dust particles while watching? Bsc.Champ
  • Score: 1

5:51am Thu 3 Jul 14

StaceyHume says...

King Joke wrote:
yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
“Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there.”

Yes I suspect Network rail dictated the time to to them so it would impact the least on them financially as they would have to compensate FGW quite heavily for the unavailability of the line for 3 hours during the daylight hours. - nothing to do with Health and Safety of the public.
I suppose cutting off South Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire off from the rest of the country is a minor consideration then?
Well seeing as it's going to be dark as pointed out earlier, how are they going to be able to check for debris dust properly? By the way the line often gets shut for maintenance/upgrades etc at weekends.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: “Network Rail have also been a key consultant, because it will take place near one of their rail lines. We have to make sure that the line is checked by experts, with our assistance, to make sure there is no dust or debris of any form on there.” Yes I suspect Network rail dictated the time to to them so it would impact the least on them financially as they would have to compensate FGW quite heavily for the unavailability of the line for 3 hours during the daylight hours. - nothing to do with Health and Safety of the public.[/p][/quote]I suppose cutting off South Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire off from the rest of the country is a minor consideration then?[/p][/quote]Well seeing as it's going to be dark as pointed out earlier, how are they going to be able to check for debris dust properly? By the way the line often gets shut for maintenance/upgrades etc at weekends. StaceyHume
  • Score: 2

9:04am Thu 3 Jul 14

EMBOX2 says...

Manor Born wrote:
There will still be the chimney stack & north towers to demolish. It's not like the skyline will change completely just yet.
North towers can't be exploded - they're going to be brought down "by hand". They're too close to the air intakes for the Didcot B plant, the dust would knacker them.

The main stack will be the very last thing to come down once the rest of the site is cleared. Interestingly, I found out that it is a registered navigational aid for aircraft, so those lights aren't just to warn aircraft of its presence, but also to guide them. Who knew?
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: There will still be the chimney stack & north towers to demolish. It's not like the skyline will change completely just yet.[/p][/quote]North towers can't be exploded - they're going to be brought down "by hand". They're too close to the air intakes for the Didcot B plant, the dust would knacker them. The main stack will be the very last thing to come down once the rest of the site is cleared. Interestingly, I found out that it is a registered navigational aid for aircraft, so those lights aren't just to warn aircraft of its presence, but also to guide them. Who knew? EMBOX2
  • Score: 3

9:27am Thu 3 Jul 14

Megs says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Manor Born wrote: There will still be the chimney stack & north towers to demolish. It's not like the skyline will change completely just yet.
North towers can't be exploded - they're going to be brought down "by hand". They're too close to the air intakes for the Didcot B plant, the dust would knacker them. The main stack will be the very last thing to come down once the rest of the site is cleared. Interestingly, I found out that it is a registered navigational aid for aircraft, so those lights aren't just to warn aircraft of its presence, but also to guide them. Who knew?
Embox, as you know about these things, any idea why they are using explosives on the south towers rather than wire pulling? Is it money? I assume wire pulling will not be suitable for the north towers either - also for dust reasons.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: There will still be the chimney stack & north towers to demolish. It's not like the skyline will change completely just yet.[/p][/quote]North towers can't be exploded - they're going to be brought down "by hand". They're too close to the air intakes for the Didcot B plant, the dust would knacker them. The main stack will be the very last thing to come down once the rest of the site is cleared. Interestingly, I found out that it is a registered navigational aid for aircraft, so those lights aren't just to warn aircraft of its presence, but also to guide them. Who knew?[/p][/quote]Embox, as you know about these things, any idea why they are using explosives on the south towers rather than wire pulling? Is it money? I assume wire pulling will not be suitable for the north towers either - also for dust reasons. Megs
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Neonlights says...

MCM245 wrote:
Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".
At the moment it's almost daylight at 4am.

Even by the 27th July (demolition day) it'll still be getting light by 4am.
[quote][p][bold]MCM245[/bold] wrote: Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".[/p][/quote]At the moment it's almost daylight at 4am. Even by the 27th July (demolition day) it'll still be getting light by 4am. Neonlights
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2:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

MCM245 says...

Neonlights wrote:
MCM245 wrote:
Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".
At the moment it's almost daylight at 4am.

Even by the 27th July (demolition day) it'll still be getting light by 4am.
There will be no moon though.
[quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MCM245[/bold] wrote: Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".[/p][/quote]At the moment it's almost daylight at 4am. Even by the 27th July (demolition day) it'll still be getting light by 4am.[/p][/quote]There will be no moon though. MCM245
  • Score: 1

9:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

HPG says...

I presume they know by doing it in the dark that they will have a lot lot more people travelling and gatherd nearby around roads and grass verges etc. to watch rather than people being able to see during daylight from a safe distance of where they live or countryside hills
I presume they know by doing it in the dark that they will have a lot lot more people travelling and gatherd nearby around roads and grass verges etc. to watch rather than people being able to see during daylight from a safe distance of where they live or countryside hills HPG
  • Score: 1

1:41am Fri 4 Jul 14

Neonlights says...

MCM245 wrote:
Neonlights wrote:
MCM245 wrote:
Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".
At the moment it's almost daylight at 4am.

Even by the 27th July (demolition day) it'll still be getting light by 4am.
There will be no moon though.
What difference will having no moon make?

At 4am it's starting to get light anyway (as I previously mentioned).
[quote][p][bold]MCM245[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MCM245[/bold] wrote: Some posters seem unaware that it will be pitch dark between 3 and 5 am. It's not as simple as "getting up earlier to watch".[/p][/quote]At the moment it's almost daylight at 4am. Even by the 27th July (demolition day) it'll still be getting light by 4am.[/p][/quote]There will be no moon though.[/p][/quote]What difference will having no moon make? At 4am it's starting to get light anyway (as I previously mentioned). Neonlights
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