Caption: L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), this week announced it will begin to demolish the smokestacks at its L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C. as part of its continuing effort to decommission the aging coal-fired facility. The process will begin in the coming weeks, clearing the skyline of the red-and-white smokestacks which have stood at the site since the mid-1950s.
Duke Energy elected to decommission the coal-fired plant after bringing online a more efficient natural gas-fired plant at the same site in December 2013.
As part of the demolition plan, Duke Energy's contractor will use a helicopter to place steel equipment on each stack to assist in removing the inner lining of the structures. The contractor will then attach a circular device to the top of each stack. Over the next few months, the equipment will descend the height of the 550-foot stacks, methodically removing sections of concrete at a rate of approximately five to 10 feet per week.
The Sutton Plant is one of nine retired coal plants across the Carolinas experiencing a major transformation through Duke Energy's decommissioning and demolition program.
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