Video | Keltbray demolishes huge wind turbine with explosives

17 March 2020 | By Neil Gerrard

Keltbray has demolished a giant wind turbine at Hunterston in Ayrshire.

Along with Controlled Demolition Inc (CDI), the firm blew up the 177m turbine in a controlled explosion (see 1.05 in video).

The turbine had been used as a rest site for offshore wind farms before being decommissioned. While one turbine was dismantled by crane in 2018, client SSE Renewables said there was no safe method of using a crane for the second turbine.

The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test facility at Hunterston was established in 2012.



Now, let's demolish the rest of these useless monstrosities.

George Herraghty, 17 March 2020

Uh, do you know how much "useless" power is made on wind?

Matt K, 19 March 2020

Uneducated, stupid comment without foundation...

Ian T, 20 March 2020

Sadly many are going in close to my house. They are destroying valuable farmland.the carbon footprint created cant be recouped from what you can easily calculate

Robert, 20 March 2020

What a blinkered, stupid and misinformed comment, given that renewables generated more electricity than even gas in the UK in the 3rd quarter of 2019 due to their economy.
I've just been reading an article, well researched and informative, regarding the way in which price volatility in oil markets is likely to cause more investment to flow into renewable energy sources. And then I read comments like yours, George, which unfortunately are blinkered and negative.
These 'useless monstrosities' are in fact, generating an increasingly large and irreplaceable portion of our power. And this will grow further as turbine technology improves, storage technology decreases in cost and hydrogen technology replaces oil and gas as a fuel for central heating and transport.
George, read a few facts about the technologies that are on the near horizon. It may help you adopt a more mentally healthy outlook regarding innovation and change. It's exciting, and the great thing is that it won't lead climate change that will destroy your grandchildren's planet.

Tim Beesley, 21 March 2020


Kurt, 21 March 2020

George is volunteering to be the first to turn off his lights...and Robert, FYI, turbines use less than 1% of the land, and typically open up more land for agricultural activities due to the quality roads to previously inaccesible parts of the countryside, carbon footprint is recovered in a matter of it!

Jorge, 23 March 2020

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