Oil-fired steam plant demolished

Progress Energy’s (NYSE: PGN) retired 452 MW Paul Bartow Steam Power Plant was demolished in Florida Feb. 28. The demolition comes nearly a year after a worker was killed when one of the boiler buildings collapsed on him.

According to the Tampa Tribune, The smokestacks and boiler houses were imploded. Progress converted the site to natural gas units in 2009 and shut down the oil-fired boilers at the site. The plant now generates 1,200 MW and has reduced emissions by 80 percent, the article said.

The work on the site did not come without tragedy. On June 9, 2011, Clark White, a contract worker at the site, was dismantling the Unit 3 boiler as workers were preparing for a controlled collapse. However, the boiler unexpectedly fell on White, who was the only one in the room, but 20 other employees were on the site. His body was discovered June 13.

The plant had been part of the landscape for more than 50 years, the article said. The implosion was the last phase of decommissioning.

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