Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

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Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby scottwramsay » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:19 pm

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I was reminded of the old Google Map today when a friend asked me if I knew anything about the timing for the blowdown of the power station chimney at Inverkip on the 28th July. A BBC report says "10 o'clock" but we're not sure if that's am (as would normally happen) or pm (as they seem to have been in the past when a railway has run close by). I know there's another thread but it's not in the usual place for blowdowns so I thought people might not catch it.

Does anyone know anything concrete? :D
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby banjo » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:25 pm

going over to bute in the morning so i might get some info down at the station.
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby banjo » Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:55 pm

nah,no luck with any info.even the station staff and the cal mac lads didnt know.would be good to be on the ferry to see it though.
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby The Egg Man » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:19 pm

Scottish Power website says

"ScottishPower has confirmed that the 778ft chimney stack at the former Inverkip Power Station site near Greenock – the largest free standing structure in Scotland - is due to be demolished by explosive charge later this month.

The demolition is planned for 10pm on Sunday 28th July, which has been agreed following a range of positive discussions with the local authority, police and railway companies.

Dylan Hughes, ScottishPower Project Manager, said: “The demolition plan for the chimney stack at Inverkip has been taken following months of discussions with experts including vibration specialists, explosives engineers and ecologists. We have also been working closely with the Police and Inverclyde Council and the relevant railway authorities to ensure that the event will be managed safely.”

The removal of the chimney stack will mark the end of a power station that was never able to fully operate as intended. Inverkip was an oil fired power station granted planning consent by the Secretary of State for Scotland in March 1970. Construction commenced in October that year of a station consisting of 3 x 676 MW units, with a total generating capacity of 2028 MW.

The station was designed to meet peak demand and provide flexibility to the electricity supply network. However due to the soaring price of oil in the 1970’s the station was never commercially operated except during 1984/5 when it was required to operate due to coal shortages. The plant was kept as a strategic reserve until the late 1990’s when the plant was mothballed.

Inverkip’s chimney is the tallest free standing structure in Scotland and third tallest in the UK. It is 236m (778ft) high and contains more than 1,400,000 bricks and 20,000 tonnes of concrete."
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby scottwramsay » Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:29 am

Great, thanks! Anyone going?
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby The Egg Man » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:55 pm

Tonight at 10.00pm.
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby scottwramsay » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:39 pm

*bump* last chance to jump in a car from Glasgow and head down in time. See you there, maybe!
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby The Egg Man » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:40 pm

There's a Reporting Scotland on BB1 at 22.10. D'ye think we might get almost live footage?
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby yoker brian » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:20 pm

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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby Mori » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:10 pm

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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby pingu » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:58 am

didnt seem to go straight down as planned did it?
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby yoker brian » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:15 am

There was a chap from BAM demolition on the news over the weekend saying it would be brought down with 2 controlled explosions, with the top half telescoping in on the lower half. From what I saw last night & conversations afterwards that's exactly what happened
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Re: Inverkip Power Station Chimney Blowdown

Postby pingu » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:06 pm

ye i seen him on the news too Brian and that what made me think it didnt go that way....by looks of it a large piece of the bottom fell over instead of telescoping down.

no harm done though i suppose
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