Longannet demolition moves forward

Parts of a structure at Longannet, Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, have been successfully demolished in a controlled explosion.

The boiler annex east, close to the station’s chimney, was ‘blown down’ in calm conditions on Thursday by ScottishPower’s demolition contractor Brown & Mason.

Longannet was closed in 2016. So far over 28,000t of material has been removed from site, according to Scottish Power, and 98.5% of it has been recovered or recycled.

ScottishPower recently acted on plans to shift completely from coal and gas generation to 100% renewable energy, disposing of its gas-fired stations to Drax Power. Globally its parent Iberdrola aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2020, and 50% by 2030 compared to 2007 and be carbon neutral by 2050.