Parts of Kansas power plant set for implosion

The $6.5 million project will demolish three units at the plant.

June 14, 2017
CDR Staff
Demolition Mixed C&D
Empire District Electric Co., headquartered in Joplin, Missouri, is planning to implode portions of an old coal-fired power generation plant in Riverton, Kansas, by the end of the month, a report by the Joplin Globe says. The company will not release the exact date because its concerns with attracting an audience and posing safety issues.

The $6.5 million project will demolish three units at the plant known as Riverton 12. The units scheduled for demolition were construction around 1950 and operated as coal burners until 2012, when the company converted them to natural gas plants. The units were retired in 2014 and 2015.

According to the report, a 175-foot stack will come down as well. Empire has hired KCOM Environmental of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take charge of the demolition. The height of the stacks is one reason why implosion was picked rather than other demolition methods.

Cuts will be strategically made to parts of the units’ bases and charges will be placed along the bases. According to the report, the stack should fall onto four temporary berms while the units will rotate and fall inward. Misters will be used to mitigate dust in the process.

Local police, the county sheriff, fire departments and other emergency services will all be on-site during the implosion. A 1,000-foot safety zone will be created on the day of implosion, which will result in traffic closures.

Empire says in the report that no service interruption is to be expected and while the implosion will not be open to the public or media, a photographer will be on-site and will release photos and video of the event.

According to the report, KCOM plans to recycle as much debris from the implosion as possible.