INDIANTOWN, Fla. — This week, Florida Power and Light will be imploding its last standing coal-powered plant.
The chimney stack that has been towering over Indiantown for more than two decades will be imploded with dynamite Wednesday, marking a major milestone in the energy company’s plan to use cleaner sources of energy.
WPTV took a tour of the plant days before detonation.
The plant was built in 1995 and purchased by FPL from Calypso Energy in 2016 with plans to ultimately shut it down. FPL said the plant has not been used for at least two years.
“We’re saying goodbye to coal. This is our last coal-fired plant in the state of Florida. This is the next step in our 20-year modernization story of providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers,” said FPL Spokesperson Jack Eble.
The chimney stack and coal conveyors will be the first to go, followed by the boiler, ash silo, and other smaller structures potentially later this year.
“Over the last 20 years, we’ve been replacing old, inefficient, dirty fuel sources and replacing them with cost-effective, cleaner solutions for our customers,” Eble said.
The showcase of the project will be bringing down the 495-foot chimney stack which, once detonated, will fall in just about 8 seconds according to Mark Loizeaux, president and owner of CDI, Construction Demolition, Inc.
“It’s quick. Don’t blink, you’ll miss it,” Loizeaux said.
Loizeaux said 171 pounds of explosives will be used at 104 locations…