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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.
Duke Energy is continuing the process of demolishing its coal-fired Sutton Plant units.

As part of the demolition of the retired Sutton Plant on the Cape Fear River, Duke Energy announced it has scheduled the implosion of a precipitator on Saturday afternoon.

According to Duke Energy Spokesman Jeff Brooks, this implosion was not on the plant’s original demolition schedule.

“The scheduled implosion was added in recent weeks as crews determined the need to remove the precipitator to create additional work space in advance of a final implosion scheduled at Sutton Plant this fall,” Brooks said in a release. “Saturday afternoon’s will be much smaller than previous Sutton implosions, but plant neighbors and those in close proximity to the site may hear a few short blasts at the time of the event.”

Two of the coal-fired plant’s three boilers have already been demolished, the first in April and the second at the beginning of this month. The boilers were used to create heat through coal combustion, which then created steam from the water that circulated through the boiler. The electrostatic precipitator that will be torn down Saturday captured small dust and ash particles from the coal combustion process.

Activities at nearby Cape Fear Regional Soccer Park and Sutton Lake will not be affected by the implosion. There will be no designated public viewing areas for the event, and due to the small size of the unit, the implosion may be hard to see from public areas outside the plant.

Duke Energy said it could not give the exact time of the blast for safety and security reasons as well as other factors that could contribute to schedule adjustments, such as weather or technical issues.

The old coal-fired units has been closed since 2013 when a new natural gas-fired plant became operational at the site.