Santee Cooper readies demolition of Grainger coal plant

As part of its decommissioning of the Grainger Generating Station, Santee Cooper is preparing to begin the process of dismantling the coal-fired plant, which includes the administrative offices and generating equipment.

Crews will be on site later in November, and the process is expected to take about two years. Santee Cooper, also known as the South Carolina Public Service Authority, said it plans to dismantle the building and clear the property, with the idea that it could be reused for a new commercial venture.

“Santee Cooper is working with the local community to make sure we gather their input as we make decisions about Grainger,” said Jim Brogdon, executive vice president and general counsel, in a Nov. 13 statement. “We will continue to engage our neighbors and customers as we go through this process.”

Grainger, located in Conway, came online in 1966 and had a capacity of 170 MW. The station was idle for much of last year and was permanently retired at the end of 2012 due largely to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). Also retired at the end of 2012 were the coal-fired Jefferies Generating Station Units 3 and 4.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power producer, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.