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Two boiler houses razed to the ground at the former Grain Power Station on the Isle of Grain

By Lynn Cox

Two boiler houses at the centre of the former Grain power station were blown up earlier today.

As these pictures and video show, during the penultimate demolition to take place at the site, the 55m buildings came down this afternoon.

It was the last major demolition before the 244m chimney later this year.

The boiler houses

The boiler houses

The boiler houses, with a combined length of 140m were blown up at 2pm.

Uniper UK, a new company created by power giant E.ON, carried out the task.

The boiler houses being blown up

The boiler houses being blown up

The buildings contained two oil-fired boilers which were once integral to generating electricity at the plant.

The former oil-fired power station, which was capable of powering more than a million homes at its height, closed in December 2012.

A cloud of dust over the former boiler houses

A cloud of dust over the former boiler houses when they were demolished in February

It was deemed economically and environmentally impractical.

Neil Riley, head of demolition said: “We’re expecting the whole project to be completed by the end of 2016 but we’ll keep the local community updated with our progress.”

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