Another implosion at Plant Branch scheduled as demolition continues

Georgia Power to remove Plant Branch coal hopper structure October 28


ATLANTA – Oct. 25, 2017 – Georgia Power will remove the coal hopper for retired units at Plant Branch by controlled demolition on Oct. 28, 2017, around 8 a.m., weather and safety conditions permitting. A coal hopper structure is a large structure that stores and feeds coal as part of the power production process. The demolition is the next step in the dismantlement of the retired power plant, which served electric customers reliably from 1965 through 2015.


Safety is Georgia Power’s top priority during removal of the plant structure, and the company is working with a professional demolition contractor to safely remove the structures on Saturday morning. The company is also coordinating efforts as needed with multiple agencies including the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT); Baldwin and Putnam County sheriff’s offices and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


Immediately prior to the demolition, local law enforcement and DNR will establish an Exclusion Zone (see attached Exclusion Zone map) to ensure a safe buffer around the site. These agencies, in cooperation with the DOT, will also temporarily stop vehicle traffic on U.S. Highway 441 while the demolition occurs. All boat traffic will be prohibited from entering the Exclusion Zone on Lake Sinclair at that time.


Georgia Power reminds residents to be aware of the demolition, which will sound like a rapid series of fireworks, and to not stop on public roads or attempt to access Georgia Power property to view the demolition. The company is taking all necessary steps to ensure safety while minimizing inconvenience for neighbors, including employing dust-suppression measures to limit the spread of dirt and concrete dust. The company will assess neighbors’ outside docks, walkways and furniture on request, to determine if surface dust removal is warranted. Residents may contact Regina Linch at (706) 484-7206 with any questions regarding dust.


Georgia Power retired Plant Branch in 2015 following approval by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) through the 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Following the stack removal, the dismantlement of Plant Branch will continue.


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