Powering down Didcot A - a brick at a time

Oxford Mail: Didcot A manager Phil Noake Didcot A manager Phil Noake

THE owner of Didcot A Power Station is holding two exhibitions about its deconstruction – brick by brick.

RWE npower is inviting locals to find out more about what will happen at the site in the coming years, following the September announcement that the plant will close at the end of March.

In the decommissioning process, which will take around six months, the plant will be stripped of all machinery. The deconstruction which follows is expected to take two or three years.

Npower spokesman Freyja Moorhead said: “It is looking like it will be taken down the same way it was put up – brick by brick.”

The two exhibitions will be held at Didcot Civic Hall next Wednesday, 11am to 3pm, and Thursday, 4pm until 8pm.

Npower staff will be on hand to answer questions about Didcot A and the future of the gas-fired Didcot B station, which will remain.

Didcot A manager Phil Noake said: “This is an important time in Didcot’s history and we are keen to invite the public along to learn more about the next steps for Didcot A.”

In 2008, Didcot A opted out of the European Union’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), regulation aimed at reducing emissions.

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1:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Mark L. says...

I assume this will mean the cooling towers will disappear?
I assume this will mean the cooling towers will disappear? Mark L.
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2:45pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Megs says...

Yes Mark L it does. What puzzles me, though, is why the owners think that Didcot is the only place to hold an exhibition about the site, when any fule kno that the power station is in the Vale of White Horse District, (Sutton Courtenay parish) not South Oxfordshire District and it is the Vale who will be the decision makers concerning it.
It is inconvenient for those within the decsion making area to turn out to exhibitions in Didcot, so it begs the question why the owners prefer to have views from an area with some influence but no power (Didcot/South Oxfordshire) rather than from the truly local population (Vale of White Horse). Perhaps they don't genuinely want our views?
Yes Mark L it does. What puzzles me, though, is why the owners think that Didcot is the only place to hold an exhibition about the site, when any fule kno that the power station is in the Vale of White Horse District, (Sutton Courtenay parish) not South Oxfordshire District and it is the Vale who will be the decision makers concerning it. It is inconvenient for those within the decsion making area to turn out to exhibitions in Didcot, so it begs the question why the owners prefer to have views from an area with some influence but no power (Didcot/South Oxfordshire) rather than from the truly local population (Vale of White Horse). Perhaps they don't genuinely want our views? Megs
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5:46pm Tue 19 Feb 13

hesperus says...

Possibly they think Didcot is the nearest town?
Possibly they think Didcot is the nearest town? hesperus
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