Ferrybridge C

  • Category: Thermal
  • Energy type: Coal
  • Project type: Asset

Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station began generating electricity in 1966 and was the first power station in Europe to succeed in generating electricity from a 500 megawatt machine. Following its closure in 2016 the power station was fully decommissioned and is now undergoing demolition. 

Demolition WORKS

The demolition of Cooling Tower 6 was succesfully completed in July 2019 by SSE’s principal contractor Keltbray. We would like to thank local residents for their cooperation and patience during this event.

A larger demolition event is planned to take place on Sunday 13 October 2019, when four of the remaining cooling towers are removed through controlled explosions. Further details, including traffic management arrangements, will be shared closer to the time of this event.

Safety is the number one priority for SSE and Keltbray, and as such a managed exclusion zone will be in place around the site boundary during this demolition event. There is also an extensive environmental management plan in place.

The map below highlights the exclusion zone around the site and the four cooling towers due to be demolished.

Ferrybridge C Demolition Map

The demolition activities at the site are expected to be fully completed by summer 2021.

NO FLY ZONE: There will be a strict no fly zone in place during the event. This zone will be enforced by the Aviation Authority and will ensure that no unauthorised flights, including drones, use the air space immediately around the site during the time of the ‘blow down’.

More information

Demolition work

SSE has announced Keltbray as its principal contractor for the demolition of its coal-fired Ferrybridge C power station in West Yorkshire. The announcement confirms the intent to demolish the station following its official closure in 2016.

To find out more, please read the press release here.

Following their appointment as the principle contractor for the demolition works, Keltbray are now established at the site and are undertaking the early stages of the demolition works.

The project team hosted a number of local drop in sessions to provide the community with information about the expected timeline of activities at the site. A copy of the materials from the event can be downloaded here

Community Liaison Group

Please find below the minutes taken at the Ferrybridge site Community Liaison Group, which meets quarterly. The group is made up of representatives from across the local community, including ward and parish councillors and organised community groups, as well as bodies such as the Environment Agency and Police, as well as site project teams.