Athlone towers in Cape Town to be demolished
Cape Town - The two cooling towers at the decommissioned
Athlone power station in Cape Town will be demolished after a reinforcement
ring around one structure collapsed early on Sunday, the city said.
The N2 was briefly closed as a precaution after the ring, fitted
18 years ago, crashed to the ground, Alderman Clive Justus from
the mayoral committee for utilities said.
He said the highway was reopened after structural engineers advised
that there was no danger to passing cars.
Justus said the landmark towers would be torn down as soon as the
council had studied a report by engineers and put in place measures
to ensure municipal services were not disrupted.
The tower site houses transformers for the transmission of electricity
to southern suburbs, and a water reticulation system on site to
cool down the transformers.
"This is why the city would have to take care in any demolition
process not to affect this cooling system or the operation of the
transformers so as to ensure a constant supply of electricity to
consumers," Justus said.
He said the towers themselves served no useful purpose. Electricity
generation on the site was stopped in 2002 and it was decommissioned
A preliminary assessment by engineers found that the loss of the
ring would not necessarily compromise the cooling operations.
Justus said the city was monitoring the situation and would receive
a more comprehensive report on Monday.
The city would then decide how and when to demolish the towers.
Article Issued on behalf of SAPA
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