Gas tank demolition alters skyline

ONE of Felixstowe’s best-known landmarks has been demolished after being a feature of the town’s skyline for more than 45 years.

The Calor Gas Terminal on the port was decommissioned last year after being left “high and dry” by current expansion of the container terminal.

Creation of new deep-water berths meant removal of the liquid petroleum gas pipeline and jetty which was used to deliver LPG to the 108 ft tall white cylinder.

The gas terminal, which had employed six people, imported around 50,000 tonnes of LPG a year, which was stored in the enormous tank – able to hold 30,000 tonnes and when it was built in 1964 was the largest refrigerated tank in Britain.

JCBs with special cutting gear have been demolishing the tank, reducing it to a crumpled heap of metal.

Port historian Ian Heeley said: “It’s sad to see it go because it has been part of the town’s skyline for so long.”