North American Dismantling Corporation takes down three stacks at former Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station

08 March 2023

Demolition has taken place of three emissions stacks at the former Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Pennsylvania, USA, owned by electric services company First Energy Corp.

Hatfield's Ferry Power Station, US 2 The scene at Hatfield’s Ferry before demolition. (Photo: First Energy)

The Ohio-based utility described the project as a key milestone in preparing the 95 ha (236 acre) site of the retired coal-fired plant for future development.

Specialist demolition contractor North American Dismantling Corporation (NADC) used charges placed around the bases of the three stacks, safely bringing them down in a controlled implosion.

The twin stacks immediately adjacent to the boiler house stood 213 m (about 700 ft) feet tall, while the other 164 m (540 ft stack) – connected to the plant’s environmental scrubbers – was the only one in operation when Hatfield’s closed in 2013.

Hatfield's Ferry Power Station, US The third stack falls at the former Hatfield’s Ferry power station site. (Photo: FirstEnergy)

NADC, which is based in Michigan, began work at the plant last year and has already removed smaller structures and ductwork.

Metals recycling and reclamation

Steel and other metals are hauled from the site for recycling, and power generation turbines and other equipment are being removed from the boiler house and other buildings for reclamation.

The plant’s two massive cement hyperbolic cooling towers are scheduled for demolition this summer, followed by the boiler house during the autumn, with completion expected early next year.

“The safe removal of the stacks is an important step in positioning this site for future economic productivity,” said Samuel L Belcher, senior vice president of operations for FirstEnergy, which comprises 10 electric distribution companies servicing customers in six states.

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