TVA Decides to Demolish Colbert Fossil Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Tennessee Valley Authority has decided the Colbert Fossil Plant won’t just remain closed – it will be wiped from the face of the earth.

TVA weighed its options and decided to fully decommission and remove power generation facilities at the plant near Tuscumbia, Alabama, and make it available for commercial or industrial use.

The other options included maintaining the existing structures and equipment, taking no actions and a deconstruction option that would have retained the powerhouse for future possible use.

A Finding of No Significant Impact was issued on Nov. 9 to support TVA’s preferred alternative, which is to return the site to a “brownfield” state through demolition to three feet below final grade. The five chimney stacks will be removed using explosives, manual deconstruction, or a combination of both.

Demolition should begin in late 2017.

The 1,204-MW coal plant began commercial operations in 1955. Colbert was the last of TVA’s two coal-fired plants in Alabama. The other, Widow’s Creek, was shut down in 2015.