RVA blows up French power station

Two explosions brought down the chimney stack and the cooling tower in seconds (Images courtesy of RVA Group)
Engineering consultant RVA Group has overseen phase one of a three-stage decommissioning and demolition project at the disused Lucy III coal power station in Montceau-les-Mines, France.

The works involved the explosive demolition of a 140m-tall concrete chimney stack and a 100m-high hyperbolic concrete cooling tower for energy company GazelÉnergie.

RVA and contractors had only 10 weeks to plan and carry out the operation.

Contractors survey the condition of the cooling tower’s walls

Two explosions within seconds of each other brought the structures down.

RVA said disruption to local residents and road systems were kept to a minimum.

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