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Coal-fired power plant demolished in central ND

The Great River Energy Stanton Station is seen in this file photo. Bismarck Tribune

STANTON, N.D. -- Leveled in less than 30 seconds, Stanton Station coal-fired power plant, the oldest in Great River Energy’s North Dakota fleet, was erased from the west bank of the Missouri River in Mercer County on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The plant, about 60 miles north of Bismarck, once had a 188-megawatt capacity.

GRE announced Stanton Station’s closure in July 2016. Demolition work, gutting the plants innards, started in November. Then, nearly 52 years since the plant began operations, 108 detonation points tumbled the 270-foot concrete stack and the buildings that had housed the boilers, spokesman Lyndon Anderson said.

The plant was originally built, along with a transmission line, to provide power to Grand Forks, GRE Vice President and Chief Generation Officer Rick Lancaster said.

Crews will spend the next three to four months sorting through the rubble, recycling the majority of the scraps, Lancaster said.

By mid-winter, most of the material will be gone. In the spring, the basement will be filled and the site graded and seeded back to prairie. GRE’s substation on site will remain operational.

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