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Eighth demolition at Tilbury Power Station

By Ed McConnell

A loud bang was heard across Gravesend this morning as the eighth demolition took place at Tilbury Power Station.

The explosion saw the sky line change once more as the turbine hall and coal bunker — one concrete and one steel — were brought down at 9am.

The buildings were about 43 metres long and 27m high and their collapse is the latest stage in work to raze the site opposite the town on the bank of the River Thames.

Scroll down to watch the structures being blown up

 

Tilbury Power Station before the explosion. Picture Jason Arthur

Tilbury Power Station before the explosion. Picture: Jason Arthur

The explosion takes hold at Tilbury Power Station. Picture Jason Arthur

The explosion takes hold at Tilbury Power Station. Picture: Jason Arthur

Part of Tilbury Power Station disappears. Picture Jason Arthur

Part of Tilbury Power Station disappears. Picture: Jason Arthur

The 170m chimneys — which were the tallest structures in Essex — came down at the end of September while the other main buildings, such as the boiler house, will be demolished next year.

 VIDEO: The moment the buildings were brought down

The power plant was built in 1969 and produced its final unit of electricity on August 13, 2015. 

Earlier this year it was announced the disused site will become Tilbury Energy Centre, which will feature various types of gas turbines and an energy storage facility. 

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