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Power station towers demolished
  • Composite image showing four of the cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station, being demolished by controlled explosion, in a "significant milestone in the history of the UK energy industry". Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, provided the UK with energy for 50 years until its owners, energy company SSE, made the decision to close the coal-fired power station in March 2016.
  • Four of the cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station, during their demolition by controlled explosion. Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, provided the UK with energy for 50 years until its owners, energy company SSE, made the decision to close the coal-fired power station in March 2016.
  • Four of the cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station, during their demolition by controlled explosion. Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, provided the UK with energy for 50 years until its owners, energy company SSE, made the decision to close the coal-fired power station in March 2016.
  • Four of the cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station, during their demolition by controlled explosion. Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, provided the UK with energy for 50 years until its owners, energy company SSE, made the decision to close the coal-fired power station in March 2016.
  • Four of the cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station, prior to their demolition by controlled explosion. Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, provided the UK with energy for 50 years until its owners, energy company SSE, made the decision to close the coal-fired power station in March 2016.
  • Motorway traffic is brought to a standstill as four of the cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station, are demolished by controlled explosion, in a "significant milestone in the history of the UK energy industry". Ferrybridge C, in West Yorkshire, provided the UK with energy for 50 years until its owners, energy company SSE, made the decision to close the coal-fired power station in March 2016.
  • File photo dated 17/01/00 of Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire. Four of the remaining cooling towers at the record-breaking Ferrybridge Power Station have been demolished in a "significant milestone in the history of the UK energy industry".
  • Cooling towers at the Ferrybridge Power Station collapse during demolition in Ferrybridge, Britain October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ed Sykes
  • Cooling towers at the Ferrybridge Power Station collapse during demolition in Ferrybridge, Britain October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ed Sykes
  • Cooling towers at the Ferrybridge Power Station collapse during demolition in Ferrybridge, Britain October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ed Sykes
  • Cooling towers at the Ferrybridge Power Station collapse during demolition in Ferrybridge, Britain October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ed Sykes
  • Four of the remaining seven cooling towers of Ferrybridge C power station are demolished through controlled explosions, near Knottingley, northern England, on October 13, 2019. - Ferrybridge C is owned by energy firm SSE and began generating electricity in 1966. It was the first power station in Europe to produce electricity from a 500 megawatt machine. The station made the record books again in 1973 when one of the generators set a world record by running non-stop for 5,448 hours, generating 2,999 gigawatt hours. The station was closed in 2016 and demolition activities at the site are expected to be fully completed by summer 2021. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Four of the remaining seven cooling towers of Ferrybridge C power station are demolished through controlled explosions, near Knottingley, northern England, on October 13, 2019. - Ferrybridge C is owned by energy firm SSE and began generating electricity in 1966. It was the first power station in Europe to produce electricity from a 500 megawatt machine. The station made the record books again in 1973 when one of the generators set a world record by running non-stop for 5,448 hours, generating 2,999 gigawatt hours. The station was closed in 2016 and demolition activities at the site are expected to be fully completed by summer 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Four of the remaining seven cooling towers of Ferrybridge C power station are demolished through controlled explosions, near Knottingley, northern England, on October 13, 2019. - Ferrybridge C is owned by energy firm SSE and began generating electricity in 1966. It was the first power station in Europe to produce electricity from a 500 megawatt machine. The station made the record books again in 1973 when one of the generators set a world record by running non-stop for 5,448 hours, generating 2,999 gigawatt hours. The station was closed in 2016 and demolition activities at the site are expected to be fully completed by summer 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Four of the remaining seven cooling towers of Ferrybridge C power station are demolished through controlled explosions, near Knottingley, northern England, on October 13, 2019. - Ferrybridge C is owned by energy firm SSE and began generating electricity in 1966. It was the first power station in Europe to produce electricity from a 500 megawatt machine. The station made the record books again in 1973 when one of the generators set a world record by running non-stop for 5,448 hours, generating 2,999 gigawatt hours. The station was closed in 2016 and demolition activities at the site are expected to be fully completed by summer 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
  • KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Four of the iconic cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C Power station are demolished on October 13, 2019 in Knottingley, England. More than 140 people were evacuated from their homes during the demolition, with those within the 328 yard (300 metre) exclusion zone asked to leave for their safety. Ferrybridge C, as the site is officially known, first opened in 1966, and generated over 2,000 megawatts from four coal fired units. Following its closure in 2016 which was brought about by rising costs and a failure to meet emissions legislation set by the European Parliament the power station was fully decommissioned and is now undergoing demolition. At its peak, Ferrybridge Power Station employed more than 900 people. The coal-fired station at Ferrybridge produced electricity for more than 50 years meeting the energy needs of nearly two million people. The start of the demolition works is a landmark moment in the UK’s energy transition towards a low-carbon future. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
  • KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Members of the public and residents gather in the rain to watch as four of the iconic cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C Power station are demolished on October 13, 2019 in Knottingley, England. More than 140 people were evacuated from their homes during the demolition, with those within the 328 yard (300 metre) exclusion zone asked to leave for their safety. Ferrybridge C, as the site is officially known, first opened in 1966, and generated over 2,000 megawatts from four coal fired units. Following its closure in 2016 which was brought about by rising costs and a failure to meet emissions legislation set by the European Parliament the power station was fully decommissioned and is now undergoing demolition. At its peak, Ferrybridge Power Station employed more than 900 people. The coal-fired station at Ferrybridge produced electricity for more than 50 years meeting the energy needs of nearly two million people. The start of the demolition works is a landmark moment in the UK’s energy transition towards a low-carbon future. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
  • KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Members of the public and residents gather in the rain to watch as four of the iconic cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C Power station are demolished on October 13, 2019 in Knottingley, England. More than 140 people were evacuated from their homes during the demolition, with those within the 328 yard (300 metre) exclusion zone asked to leave for their safety. Ferrybridge C, as the site is officially known, first opened in 1966, and generated over 2,000 megawatts from four coal fired units. Following its closure in 2016 which was brought about by rising costs and a failure to meet emissions legislation set by the European Parliament the power station was fully decommissioned and is now undergoing demolition. At its peak, Ferrybridge Power Station employed more than 900 people. The coal-fired station at Ferrybridge produced electricity for more than 50 years meeting the energy needs of nearly two million people. The start of the demolition works is a landmark moment in the UK’s energy transition towards a low-carbon future. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
  • KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Four of the iconic cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C Power station are demolished on October 13, 2019 in Knottingley, England. More than 140 people were evacuated from their homes during the demolition, with those within the 328 yard (300 metre) exclusion zone asked to leave for their safety. Ferrybridge C, as the site is officially known, first opened in 1966, and generated over 2,000 megawatts from four coal fired units. Following its closure in 2016 which was brought about by rising costs and a failure to meet emissions legislation set by the European Parliament the power station was fully decommissioned and is now undergoing demolition. At its peak, Ferrybridge Power Station employed more than 900 people. The coal-fired station at Ferrybridge produced electricity for more than 50 years meeting the energy needs of nearly two million people. The start of the demolition works is a landmark moment in the UK’s energy transition towards a low-carbon future. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
  • KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Four of the iconic cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C Power station are demolished on October 13, 2019 in Knottingley, England. More than 140 people were evacuated from their homes during the demolition, with those within the 328 yard (300 metre) exclusion zone asked to leave for their safety. Ferrybridge C, as the site is officially known, first opened in 1966, and generated over 2,000 megawatts from four coal fired units. Following its closure in 2016 which was brought about by rising costs and a failure to meet emissions legislation set by the European Parliament the power station was fully decommissioned and is now undergoing demolition. At its peak, Ferrybridge Power Station employed more than 900 people. The coal-fired station at Ferrybridge produced electricity for more than 50 years meeting the energy needs of nearly two million people. The start of the demolition works is a landmark moment in the UK’s energy transition towards a low-carbon future. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)