The planned demolition was part of Duke’s bid to generate electricity using cleaner sources of energy. The implosion is the second in a series of three events scheduled for the facility. Final demolition of the plant will occur later this fall.
The coal units at the plant were retired in 2013, after nearly 50 years of operation, in favor of a newer natural gas-fired plant co-located at the site.
Duke is now in the process of removing coal ash from the Sutton Plant’s ash basins. To date, more than 250,000 tons of ash have been removed by rail to a lined structural fill at the Brickhaven mine site in central North Carolina. Permitting is also underway to construct a lined landfill on Sutton Plant property. Once complete, this landfill will store the majority of ash from the plant’s basins.