February 3, 2017

The planned demolition of unit 7 cooling tower at Wallerawang power station will take place throughout February and March 2017.

Delta Group has been appointed by EnergyAustralia to lead the demolition with an anticipated completion in late March. This will be the first visible site activity since the Wallerawang power station closure was announced.

EnergyAustralia’s Head of Mt Piper Malcolm Murphy said the tower will be removed with minimal impact to the community.

“Since receiving approval from Lithgow City Council to remove unit 7 cooling tower, our preparation has involved de-energising the tower and assessing how to do the work safely in a way that minimises impacts on the community and the environment,” Malcolm said.

The demolition will take place between weekday hours, 7am and 6pm, and Saturdays 8am and 1pm. Explosives will not be used. Although every effort will be made to avoid impacts on the community, some people may experience mild noise, dust and changed traffic conditions.

“The safety of the Lithgow community is our priority so we ask that passers-by do not pull over on the highway in their cars to view the work taking place,” Malcolm said.

“We’re providing residents and interested parties an SMS service for up-to-date information. There is also a phone line and email address managed by our community relations team for questions people may have about the demolition.”

The removal of the cooling tower is not related to a process underway to consider reusing the site of the Wallerawang power station. Malcolm said the business hopes to have an update on call for the expressions of interest in the first half of this year.

“We have always said that our focus is getting an outcome that’s good for the community, a new business proponent and EnergyAustralia,” he said.

Wallerawang power station unit 7 cooling tower has been a part of the landscape since 1976. EnergyAustralia will be filming its demolition and this footage will be made accessible at a later date.

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