Boiler stack being demolished at Michigan coal-fired power plant

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) on August 27 said one of the four boiler stacks at its coal-fired St. Clair Power Plant is being removed. The 425-foot stack that is being demolished was built to serve a generating unit that has not operated for more than 30 years, DTE said. The stack served Unit No. 5, which was shut down in the late 1970s. The six other generating units will continue to operate using the other three stacks, Plant Manager Daniel Braker said.

“Removal of this stack will have no impact on plant operations,” said Braker.

Demolition, which is being performed by Pullman Power of Kansas City, Mo., began at the top of the stack with debris being dropped to the ground inside the structure. Pullman’s crews are working from a platform that rings the stack and is moved lower as the demolition progresses. The demolition should be complete later this year, with crews working two 10-hour shifts per day.

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