FirstEnergy has demolished three emissions stacks at the former coal-fired Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station near Masontown, Pennsylvania. The company will now begin preparing the 236-acre site for future development.

The twin stacks immediately adjacent to the boiler house stood about 700 feet tall. The other 540-foot stack, connected to the plant’s environmental scrubbers, was the only one in operation at the time of Hatfield’s closure in 2013.

Demolition work began at the plant last year. Power-generation turbines and other equipment are being removed from the boiler house and other buildings for reclamation.

The plant’s two massive cement hyperbolic cooling towers are scheduled for demolition during summer 2023, followed by the boiler house in the fall. Demolition activities should be completed in early 2024.

Options for future use at the site include an operational high-voltage electric substation, which would give a future business access to power from the regional transmission network. The property will also retain a water-intake structure on the Monongahela River, FirstEnergy said.

FirstEnergy shut down the 1,170 MW Hatfield’s Ferry plant in 2013.

In April 2017, FirstEnergy announced plans to sell part of the power plant site to APV Renaissance Partners Opco, LLC. The latter started engineering and permitting activities for the proposed construction of a 1 GW combined-cycle facility on the site.

However, “the plan ultimately fell through” according to reporting from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in June 2022.

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