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Four giant power station cooling towers topple in a spectacular explosion

FOUR giant power station cooling towers topple in a spectacular explosion.

The 117m (384ft) concrete behemoths were blown apart at 11.15am yesterday.

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The giant cooling towers at Rugeley Power Station topple in explosion[/caption]

Each cooled six million gallons of water an hour before the plant shut in 2016.

They will be replaced by 2,300 low carbon homes and a school in Rugeley, Staffs.

Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “This redevelopment will help breathe new life into the community while supporting our ambitious climate commitments.” 

She added: “We are committed to building back greener from the pandemic and Engie’s low carbon regeneration project is a great initiative demonstrating how industrial sites can be revitalised to provide sustainable living.”

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Each tower cooled six million gallons of water[/caption]

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The Rugeley Power Station towers being blown up with explosives[/caption]

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The site after the demolition of the towers that used to dominate the skyline[/caption]

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Crowds gather in Rugeley, Staffordshire, to watch the historic demolition[/caption]

The wider development will include more than 12 acres of employment space, a new neighbourhood centre and a country park near the River Trent, Engie said.

Construction of the coal-fired Rugeley ‘B’ Power Station began in 1965, with the facility completed in 1972.

It ceased all operations on June 8 2016.

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