Keltbray Decommissioning has been appointed by the energy company SSE as its principal contractor for two major power station demolition projects at Ferrybridge and Slough.

Ferrybridge is a conventional 2,000 megawatt (MW) coal fired power station where a combination of machine working and controlled explosives will be used to demolish the massive industrial structures, including a number of natural draft cooling towers, two stacks and a boiler house. CDI, the US based world leader in the controlled use of explosives has been retained by Keltbray as explosives engineers for the project. The contract will be completed over a 30 month programmed period, and employ up to 160 skilled site based personnel on the asbestos removal and demolition works.

SSE has already constructed a Waste to Energy plant on part of the Ferrybridge site, known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1). A small amount of suitable waste from the demolition project will be taken off site and pre-processed, before returning to the FM1 to be used as fuel as part of SSE and Keltbray’s initiative for recycling and minimising waste to landfill.

Slough is a 50MW station located on a busy trading estate, with part of the site remaining live during the course of the works. The 12 month contract will employ up to 60 skilled Keltbray site based personnel on asbestos removal and demolition, and has been planned to maximise safety and control given the close proximity of local businesses. The works will include the use of specialist lifting company ALE to strand jack lower the main boilers to ground level.

Bob Johnstone, Managing Director of Keltbray Decommissioning commented “The SSE project team put great emphasis on safety and works control during the tender selection process. Our engineering led approach, safety record and initiatives on workforce health and wellbeing clearly resonated and we now look forward to delivering on these two very different projects – Ferrybridge involving the controlled use of explosives, and Slough controlled dismantling.”

Jim Kerr, SSE Project Manager, commented “Throughout the course of the tender process the synergy between the Keltbray and SSE teams became very clear. We will now work as an integrated team to deliver on these projects.”

The projects, which will start immediately, reflect Keltbray’s focus on the heavy industrial and highly regulated sectors, with the Decommissioning team now actively engaged on power, nuclear, pharmaceutical and petrochemical projects.

To find out more about the Slough demolition, local stakeholders are invited to attend drop in sessions on Tuesday 13th November between 2pm and 6pm or Wednesday 14th November between 9am and 1pm at Slough Aspire, 350 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, SL1 4TU. Members of the SSE and Keltbray teams will be in attendance, sharing more information about the demolition process and answering any questions.

Drop in sessions for the Ferrybridge area are being arranged and will be advertised locally in due course.


Keltbray Group
Keltbray Group is the UK’s leading specialist business, which offers engineering, construction, demolition, piling, decommissioning, remediation, rail, reinforced concrete structures and environmental services. The company dates back to 1976, employs more than 1800 people, and is a key player in developing and maintaining Britain’s built environment. Keltbray provides services to meet the needs of diverse and complex projects, and its well qualified people take pride in delivering projects safely and efficiently, on time and to budget, and with care for the environment and our communities. Keltbray has contributed to a range of high profile construction projects including The Shard, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, St Pancras International, Crossrail, Earls Court, Batters