WILMINGTON, N.C., April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy reached another important milestone Sunday after imploding one of three boiler units at the retired coal-fired L.V. Sutton Plant.
The company continues to remove older coal units as part of a plan to shift to cleaner, more efficient energy sources in North Carolina.
View a video of the implosion event here: https://youtu.be/6Ow3iO95mHw
The company retired the coal units in 2013 after a new natural gas-fired plant came into service at the site. The new natural gas units generate electricity more efficiently for customers and with lower emissions than the coal plant did during its operation.
Since 2013, the team has prepared the site for full demolition. Part of this work includes removing the two iconic red-and-white striped smokestacks. Using a ring-like structure attached to the smokestacks, crews have torn down the structures piece by piece. The company expects this phase to be completed in the coming weeks.
The April 10 implosion is the first of three similar events to take place at the Sutton Plant. The next is scheduled in May and the final demolition event will take place in the fall of 2016.
View a historical feature story about this plant here: illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/l-v-sutton-plant:-the-generation-has-changed-but-not-the-dedication.
To learn more about the company's coal plant decommissioning program, visit duke-energy.com/coal-decommissioning.
Ash basin closure work continues
Duke Energy continues to make headway moving ash from the Sutton Plant to a fully lined structural fill at the Brickhaven mine site in central North Carolina.
In January, after constructing a nearly two-mile long rail line into the mine site, the company shifted to moving the majority of ash from the plant by rail to expedite this process and minimize the impact to the local community. Crews have excavated around 200,000 tons of coal ash from the Sutton Plant site.
Permitting is also underway to constructing a fully lined landfill on Sutton plant property, which will store the majority of the ash from the basins.
Closing ash basins at the site is part of the overall effort to retire coal ash operations at the Sutton Plant.
For additional information about ash basin closure at the Sutton Plant, please visit duke-energy.com/sutton.
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