Landmark chimneys set to disappear from Peterborough skyline

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Landmark chimneys at Peterborough Power Station in Fengate are set to be dismantled next month.

Centrica is working with specialist contractors to bring down the two 60 metre high chimneys using a 500 tonne crane to lower them to the ground. The chimneys and other elements of the now decommissioned steam cycle will then be dismantled and, where possible, recycled.

The chimneys at Peterborough have been an easily recognisable part of the area’s landscape for over two decades since the station was first built in 1993, and formed a key part of the steam cycle process in which waste heat in the form of steam was used to power a third turbine. Today, the power station uses just two gas turbines which operate less frequently and therefore do not require the additional steam cycle process. The remaining two turbines are capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of around 200,000 homes.

David Theakstone, Centrica’s Generation Manager at Peterborough, said: “Working with our specialist demolition contractors, our first priority is to ensure work is completed safely and with the least possible disruption to our neighbours in the business park. A key step in this will be to bring the crane to site at night when it will have the least impact on local roads.”

Demolition of the chimneys is expected to be complete by the end of December.