Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District’s Scottsbluff Generating Station, which was closed in 1989, will be demolished, following approval Friday by NPPD’s Board of Directors.
The demolition work will consist of removing the power plant building which houses boilers, turbine generators, offices, control rooms, fuel oil storage tanks including foundations and associated piping, the warehouse and truck garage, removal of all piping on the site, and other miscellaneous yard structures.
Having the building demolished will eliminate the need to maintain and secure the facility in the future. Demolition costs are being offset by an anticipated high metal salvage value. It is expected that work will begin in March and completed in November 2012.
As part of the work, NPPD is requiring that the contractor remove and dispose of all hazardous and non-hazardous materials found on site in compliance with existing regulations. “We expect that all demolition work and disposal be done in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations and the safety of the workers and the public is a constant consideration during the demolition process,” said NPPD Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent.
The Scottsbluff Generating Station first began operation in 1940 with additional units added in 1947, 1952, and 1963 that could produce 47 megawatts of energy. All units were ultimately retired by NPPD in 1989. In September of that year, the District made the decision to cease operation of the facility as additional transmission facilities were placed into service.
Major equipment in Unit 1 was removed earlier, while some equipment in the other three units were removed and used in other District facilities or sold for salvage.
Bierlein Companies, Inc., of Midland, Mich., a major player in the demolition industry, will be responsible for the work with the cost for demolition and salvaging operations set at $968,500. NPPD will maintain ownership of the land.