CONFERENCE: Keltbray – Ferrybridge Power Station Demolition Project

Join Keltbray Decommissioning’s Managing Director, Bob Johnstone, on 16th September at Demo Expo 2021 as he presents the fascinating and challenging Ferrybridge Power Station demolition project so far.


Ferrybridge Power Station, with a COMAH upper-tier status, is situated in West Yorkshire at the intersection of the M62 and the A1(M). The conventional 2,000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station was decommissioned in March 2016 and marked for demolition by SSE plc as the power station would no longer comply with the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU). Following an intensive tendering process assessed by SSE on a Safety-Quality-Cost basis, Keltbray was appointed as Principal Designer and Principal Contractor for the project. Work commenced on site in October 2018 with a Covid delayed completion programmed for June 2022.

Works are progressing well. General site clearance of ancillary plant and structures is complete and 5 of the 8 Cooling Towers have been demolished to date. The remaining main structures – Boilerhouse, Bunker Bay and Chimneys are scheduled for demolition by controlled explosives in August 2021 and the remaining 3 Cooling Towers in February 2022.

Ferrybridge is a live site, with two newly constructed waste to energy plants, a major National Grid substation and overhead HV lines all within the zone of influence of the demolition works. In addition, proximity to the motorways, occupied housing and businesses, and compliance with Government guidelines on the Covid pandemic, has presented a set of unique challenges for the Keltbray Demolition Engineers and the site Management Team.


Bob is a Demolition and Explosives Engineer, now in his 10th year as Managing Director of Keltbray Decommissioning – a division within the Keltbray Group geared towards highly regulated industries and power sectors including petrochemical, pharmaceutical, nuclear and fossil fuel power stations. His professional career started in consulting engineering, with the focus of his Glasgow based practice progressing towards demolition engineering on projects throughout the UK and abroad.

Keltbray Decommissioning has grown steadily under Bob’s leadership, gaining a reputation for innovation and a safety/risk based approach to all demolition projects which currently span from the very south of England to the very north of Scotland.