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From 50 storeys to ground level: Delimara chimney reaches rock bottom

Malta's highest structure is no more

Video: Chris Sant Fournier

The Delimara power station chimney - Malta's highest structure - is no more.

Enemalta had started the process of demolishing the 150m chimney a year ago, with over 5,400 cubic metres of concrete and other construction waste removed from the site. Another 5,300 tonnes of metal was exported for recycling.

The 1992 120 MW Delimara 1 power station was switched off and put on cold standby in April 2017, before it was fully decommissioned on September 1. A few days later, Italian demolition contractors started delivering the heavy machinery and other equipment required to dismantle the plant.

Watch: Delimara's 150-metre chimney is being dismantled

Read: Dismantling of Delimara power station chimney and HFO boiler underway

The chimney structure consisted of a cylindrical concrete shield rising 50 storeys, with a base diameter of 12 metres. The concrete walls were 80 centimetres thick at the bottom and 30 centimetres on top. 

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