A 60-year-old, 650-tonne chimney at the Sellafield nuclear site is being demolished – at the rate of one metre a week. The 61-metre-tall structure sits on top of the site’s first generation reprocessing plant, and used to provide ventilation to a fleet of plants. The structure does not meet modern construction standards, so it is being removed over the next few years, but Sellafield said its position – on top of a 61-metre-high building – on one of the most congested nuclear sites in the world, makes its removal complicated. Conventional demolition techniques like explosives and cranes cannot be used in such a crowded, hazardous environment.
Energy Voice 15th Nov 2017 read more »