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Demolition of coal-fired power plant completed

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FirstEnergy has completed the demolition of the R.E. Burger power plant, a former coal-fired power plant in Shadyside, Ohio.

About 450 lb of explosives were used to drop the plant’s concrete stack and 171 ft boiler house. Charges were detonated at about 8:30 AM on 29 July and the structures took only 10 sec. to fall.

The demolition were the culmination of more than three weeks of preparation during which excess concrete and rebar were removed from the structures to direct the angle of the building’s fall. Dust suppression systems were set up around the building to help contain the concrete and dirt particles that resulted from the structure’s collapse.

“Today’s demolition is an important milestone that supports future development of the Burger facility,” said James H. Lash, Executive Vice President and President of FirstEnergy Generation.

FirstEnergy has entered into an agreement with PTTGC America for transferring the property if PTTGC elects to proceed with the construction of an ethane gas cracker plant.

The plant was fully retired in 2011 with demolition activities beginning in 2015 to remove several other structures, including an electrical switchyard, three other buildings and the coal yard and its associated equipment. The plant began life in 2955 as a single-unit 63 MW plant. A second 63 MW unit followed in 1947, following by further units in 1950 and 1955, bringing the total capacity to 568 MW.

Demolition and clean up operations are expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

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