Old Belco plant disappears as old equipment, buildings removed
Buildings that once held generators at Belco’s Pembroke plant have begun to disappear as the energy provider’s asset retirement project progresses.
The demolition work began in the wake of the completion of the North Power Station, which allowed several engines to be retired in November 2020.
Wayne Caines, Belco CEO, said the company’s asset retirement obligation work began last September.
“The project will remove obsolete assets, unsafe buildings and hazardous material while increasing site safety and aesthetic appeal, which will prepare our campus for the future requirements of diversifying our energy sources.
“This project brings us one step closer to our sustainable energy future. Over the past few weeks, Belco has been working on removal of decommissioned radiator fans and supporting structures which is now approximately 30 per cent complete.
“The demolition of the powerhouse mechanical, engines and auxiliaries is approximately 70 per cent complete.”
Three retired engines have been disassembled and removed, while the demolition of the old power station is a work in progress.
“All of the materials from the demolition are being repurposed, recycled or disposed of according to industry best practices,” Mr Caines added.
Cemetery Road, which was shut to traffic on May 1 to allow the safe demolition and removal of parts, was reopened on Friday as scheduled.