Hollywood, FL; July 19, 2013 - 18,000 tons of steel and concrete debris needs to be cleaned up in South Florida. A 50 year old oil-burning power plant was demolished this week by Florida Power & Light (FPL).
According to the Sun Sentinal, 450 pounds of explosives were detonated in an impressive series of 90 separate explosions. The power plant and it's four iconic red and white striped smokestacks were down in less than 60 seconds.
Once the vast pile of demolition debris is cleared away — with 98 percent of it recycled — FPL will start work on a cleaner, more efficient plant. The new power plant will use natural gas as its fuel rather than oil. The result will be a lower pollution profile, emitting 90 percent less air pollution and using 35 percent less fuel than the old one.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Weston, hailed the demolition of the old pollution-generating plant, saying it was “a symbol of an era of consumption of foreign oil.”
Construction of the new $1.1 billion plant is expected to begin in the first few months of next year, with the plant going into operation in the summer of 2016. The construction will generate about 650 jobs, FPL says.