Santee Cooper awards contract for tearing down Grainger power plant

Santee Cooper said April 20 that it has awarded the contract for the demolition of Grainger power plant near Conway, S.C., to National Salvage and Service Corp.

National Salvage and Service Corp. will begin mobilizing to the site the week of May 4. Demolition work is scheduled to begin the second week of May, with interior equipment being removed first.

Beginning in June, the coal conveying equipment will be dismantled. Once that is completed, the building structures will be removed. The most visible portions of Grainger Station, the stacks, are projected to be dismantled in early 2016.

National Salvage and Service has removed, recovered and restored resources at sites ranging from the complete demolition of power plant buildings and equipment to taking up thousands of miles of vacated railroad tracks, according to the company’s website.

National recycles “nearly all of the materials from our projects … finding uses for more than one-half million tons of railroad ties per year,” National said on its website. 

When operating the Dolphus M Grainger coal plant included two units that were commissioned in the mid-1960s. Each was rated at 82 MW, according to GenerationHub data.

Grainger Generating Station was retired Dec. 31, 2012. Ash recycling at Grainger’s two ash ponds is currently underway and will continue through the dismantling process. 

Santee Cooper, known officially as the South Carolina Public Service Authority, is a state-owned utility.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power producer, largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for two million people across the state, according to its website. It is also a minority partner in the V.C. Summer nuclear station.


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