MEDIA RELEASE – Demolition of Coal Bunkers on Tuesday (24/4)

MEDIA  RELEASE – Demolition of Coal Bunkers on Tuesday (24/4)

20 April 2018

The Northern Power Station Centre Coal Bunkers – the structure directly behind the iconic Northern stack – will be felled next Tuesday (April 24th) using charge-cutting explosives.

The felling of the structure, which is 47 metres high, 25 metres long and 20 metres wide, will then allow conventional demolition processes to safely occur from ground level.

Specialist charge felling company Precision Demolition has been engaged by Flinders Power’s alliance partner McMahon Services Australia to undertake the activity.

Flinders Power and McMahons Services Australia have coordinated the demolition with the relevant government agencies and emergency services to ensure the highest safety and environmental standards.

Additional information:

  • The demolition is planned for Tuesday 24th April at 9am. If weather conditions are unsuitable on the day, the demolition will be delayed.
  • Safety of both the personnel undertaking the demolition and the general public is paramount, and will not be compromised.
  • An exclusion zone (land and sea) will be strictly enforced by SA Police and Security Contractors. Please note that a section of the Upper Spencer Gulf will be closed to boating traffic as a precaution from 7:00am until the demolition is complete and the area declared safe. Limited boat traffic will be allowed to pass until 8:00am.
  • There will be no designated public viewing area for the felling.

Detonation of charges will be audible within Port Augusta and Stirling North and it is likely that some coal dust will be generated during the felling process. While the bunkers have been pre-washed and dust mitigation controls put in place, coal dust may be visible during and after the event. Every reasonable effort is being made to prevent dust from leaving the site.

Since May 2016, Flinders Power and McMahon Services Australia have been working to dismantle and remove the power station plant and equipment from the site to leave it in a safe and stable condition suitable for future industrial use.


 *Film footage of the demolition will be made available from noon on 24/4. (Request by email if required)

 *Demolition of the iconic Northern Power Station 200m stack is scheduled for later in 2018.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES : Chris Rann 0418 832 512  For queries on the decommissioning of the Augusta Power Stations please refer to the Customer Information Page on the Flinders Power website or contact the Flinders Power information line.

Flinders Power Information Line

Telephone: 0419 252 760 (leave a message with your query and contact details and your call will be returned)


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