Duke Energy plans second boiler implosion for Sunday

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On Sunday, Duke Energy continued its mission to deconstruct the Sutton Plant, an old coal-fired plant known for its red and white striped smoke stacks.
On April 10 Duke Energy imploded the first of three boilers to continue its mission to deconstruct the Sutton Plant, an old coal-fired plant known for its red and white striped smoke stacks.

Duke Energy will implode the second of three boilers at the retired coal-fired Sutton Plant this Sunday morning.

Residents in a two-mile radius of the plant received notification this week about the planned implosion, the exact time of which has not been supplied. In a release to the media, a spokesman said safety and security reasons are part of that decision, along with factors that could affect the actual time the implosion occurs, such as weather and technical aspects of the blast.

There are no designated public viewing areas for the implosion, although it may be possible to find a viewing spot near the Cape Fear Regional Soccer Park located to the southeast of the plant.

A Duke Energy spokesman said the affected boiler is similar in design, though slightly smaller, than the boiler imploded on April 10. A third boiler is scheduled for implosion this fall.

The boilers’ role at the plant was to combust coal to create heat, which then created steam from water circulated through the boiler. The steam then was used to turn a turbine to make electricity.

The energy company has been preparing the plant for demolition since 2013, after a new natural gas-fired plant came online at the site.

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