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Four 300-foot-high cooling towers were demolished at the old Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire just after 8 a.m. on Sunday.

The coal-fired power plant was decommissioned in 2018, and four of its eight towers – each containing around 11,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete – were demolished as part of a site redevelopment plan.

The cooling towers can be seen for miles around and have been a Yorkshire landmark for 50 years, along with those of the other two nearby power stations along the M62, at Drax and Ferrybridge.

Four 300-foot-high cooling towers were demolished at the old Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire just after 8 a.m. on Sunday

Onlookers dotted the fields around the site’s rural area to witness the demolition despite dismal drizzle conditions.

The Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM as police closed roads and 40 security guards patrolled a 350m exclusion zone.

DSM Technical Director Billy Young said, “We are delighted that all of the planning and hard work that has brought us to this day has allowed us to have a successful demolition.

“We appreciate that a large number of Eggborough residents and businesses may have been disrupted by the construction, but we have worked hard to communicate with them behind the scenes and through correspondence to minimize this where possible.

“We would like to thank them, as well as the community at large, for their patience so far and assure everyone that we will do everything possible to minimize further disruption. ”

The coal-fired power plant was decommissioned in 2018, and four of its eight towers – each containing around 11,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete – were demolished as part of a site redevelopment plan.

The cooling towers can be seen for miles around and have been a Yorkshire landmark for 50 years, along with those of the other two nearby power stations along the M62, at Drax and Ferrybridge.

The cooling towers can be seen for miles around and have been a Yorkshire landmark for 50 years, along with those of the other two nearby power stations along the M62, at Drax and Ferrybridge.

The 2,000-megawatt Eggborough Power Station began producing electricity in 1967 and produced enough to power the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield combined, employing 300 people.

The site was acquired by the St Francis Group in 2019 which plans an industrial and distribution park on the site after the rest of the station is demolished, including the four remaining cooling towers and the 660-foot-high main chimney.

The twin Ferrybridge C power station, six miles to the west, has also been decommissioned and partially demolished.

But the giant Drax power station, eight miles to the east, remains Britain’s largest power producer, despite having shifted from coal to biomass in recent years.

The Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM as police closed roads and 40 security guards patrolled a 350m exclusion zone

The Yorkshire Day demolition was carried out by contractor DSM as police closed roads and 40 security guards patrolled a 350m exclusion zone

The 2,000 megawatt Eggborough Power Station began generating electricity in 1967 and produced enough to power the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield combined, employing 300 people

The 2,000 megawatt Eggborough Power Station began generating electricity in 1967 and produced enough to power the equivalent of Leeds and Sheffield combined, employing 300 people

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