Dramatic footage shows a controlled explosion as a huge section of the Redcar sinter plant is flattened


A controlled explosion destroyed much of the old Redcar sinter plant.

The 50-meter-tall structure’s Bunker Bay and Screenhouse were leveled after the detonation, which took place at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. Experts used 100 kg of explosives between 130 separate charge locations, resulting in over 5,000 tons of scrap metal.

More than 70,000 tons of sinter were produced per week when the plant was operational. The process included heating fine metals, iron ore ‘fines’ and coke which fueled Redcar’s blast furnace, in turn producing molten iron.

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It is the latest in a program of demolition work at Teesworks which has already seen many large structures destroyed. This includes the adjacent Stock Houses, hundreds of meters of high-level conveyor, area workshops, and numerous raw materials handling facilities such as the Flux Bunker and the Ore Bunker.

Work is currently underway to bring down Redcar’s Coke Oven Battery and Blast Furnace. By demolishing the old steelworks, soil clearance and remediation can begin to create investor-ready land for projects such as bp’s Net Zero Teesside Power project, which is expected to create over 3,000 jobs during the construction.

Later this summer, further explosive demolitions are planned to include the last section of the sinter plant and its chimney, among other structures across the site.

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