Scotland Razes Tallest Structure
Inverkip chimney was 778 feet tall
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 8:11 AM CDT
Inverkip Power Station   (©)

(Newser) – Some nations spend decades building soaring structures that claim the title of tallest ... and then there's Scotland, which has just spent two years plotting how to correctly blow up its loftiest structure. A 778-foot chimney at Inverkip Power Station was Scotland's tallest freestanding structure up until yesterday, when two explosions reduced it to an earthbound pile of 1.4 million bricks and more than 20 tons of concrete, the BBC reports.

Says one entirely-too-excited Scottish Power rep, "The demolition team have been working towards this day for two years, and it was fantastic to see all of our detailed preparations and calculations culminate in such a dramatic event. It is quite a feat to achieve a demolition on this scale." The demolition was an ignoble end for an oil-fired facility that never performed at its capacity; Utility Week explains that oil prices skyrocketed soon after construction began in the 1970s, and it only operated commercially during a 1984-1985 coal miners' strike. Scotland's new tallest structure is—wait for it—another power station chimney, this one 600 feet tall. (On a similar note: Meet the world's tallest abandoned structure.)

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Aug 4, 2013 9:41 PM CDT
Wasteful at best. Considering that cogeneration with Co2 recovery would have been the best option and it was easily available in the mid 80's. Our former governor operates one of the biggest consulting firms and travels all over the world setting them up. For the past couple decades, he's spent most of his time setting them up in China. Of course China is going nuclear to the tune of 400 new reactors built by US manufactures in Chinese plants. Its the Ford method of reactor assembly for the entire plant as they are all modular and delivered and assembled to the site. China plans to make enough of them to sell them across the world. They promise a plant will never be obsolete. That's because if you build 1000 total rectors with the exact same parts, you never stop manufacturing parts for it. Westinghouse would have NEVER EVER got this contract in the U.S.A. It only came in China because the U.S.A. is now severely anti-nuclear.
Jul 29, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Jul 29, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
Why didn't they just fly a plane into it?