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Hazelwood power station to be demolished

Victoria’s defunct Hazelwood Power Station is about to be demolished, with site owner Engie assuring locals that asbestos inside its chimneys will not be a threat.

Engie unveiled its plan to detonate the station’s eight 137-metre chimneys in an online presentation for the Latrobe Valley community on Thursday evening.

The now disused Hazelwood power station pictured in 2018.

The now disused Hazelwood power station pictured in 2018. Credit:Leigh Henningham

Demolition manager Tom McDowall said that after a thorough risk assessment process, the company had decided that “controlled collapse”, or detonation, was the safest option.

The chimneys will be blown up one by one, four seconds apart, with the collapse of all eight expected to be complete within five minutes.

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