Video: Former largest coal-fired plant in the world imploded

Video: Former largest coal-fired plant in the world imploded

The former Nanticoke Generating Station produced power for more than 40 years, and at peak capacity, could power a city the size of Toronto.

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September 6, 2019

On Aug. 22, teams from Delsan Aim, Woodbridge, Ontario; Rakowski Cartage & Wrecking, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and DST Consulting Engineers Inc., Thunder Bay, Ontario, imploded the Nanticoke Generating Station based in Naticoke, Ontario. The station, which was owned by Toronto-based Ontario Power Generation (OPG), was at one time the largest coal-fired plant in the world.

The former Nanticoke Generating Station produced power for more than 40 years, and at peak capacity, the facility could power a city the size of Toronto with a total capacity of 4,000 megawatts. Throughout the late 1990s, Nanticoke Generating Station provided a significant amount of Ontario's baseload power. This station employed a staff of more than 600 and provided electricity to southern Ontario's industrial sector.

Nanticoke burned its last piece of coal on Dec. 31, 2013, and demolition of the stacks occurred on Feb. 28, 2018.

Nanticoke Generating Station quick facts:

Construction timeline: 1967 to 1978
Decommissioned: 2013
Generating capacity: 8 x 500 megawatt unites with a total capacity of 4,000 megawatts
Stack height: 650 feet, or roughly equivalent to a 60-story high-rise
Powerhouse size: 491,400 square feet, or more than 8.5 football fields

Making way for Nanticoke Solar

The site on the north shore of Lake Erie now houses OPG's first-ever solar facility, Nanticoke Solar.

In 2016, OPG and its partners, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, were selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator to develop a solar facility near the Nanticoke site. The facility was completed and online on March 29. The site has a generating capacity of 44 megawatts and features 200,000 solar panels.

According to OPG, “Replacing coal-fired electricity generation remains the single largest climate change initiative undertaken in North America.”

"The closure of Nanticoke Generating Station remains one of North America's single largest climate change initiatives," Mike Martelli, OPG president of renewable generation, says. "Building and sustaining a clean, low-cost electricity system is fundamental to a healthy environment and a strong, low-carbon economy. I want to thank all of the employees that contributed to the legacy of a high-performing station and the community for their decades of support and ensure residents that Nanticoke Solar is a continuation of OPG's rich legacy of generating electricity in their backyard."

Watch a video of the implosion below, courtesy of Delsan AIM: