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Big Rivers Coleman Station, stacks demolished; No.1 site in Kentucky for industry

As an ongoing part of many months of the demolition of the Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s 443 megawatt, idled Coleman Station on 4982 River Road in Hawesville, the three smoke stacks were demolished on Friday morning, December 2nd. Mike Baker, Director of Economic Development for the Hancock County Industrial Foundation says that once Big Rivers is cleaned up, it will probably be the number one site in Kentucky for industry. The property has rail access and river access, making it a choice spot for a new industry to be developed there.

On Friday morning around 9:00 a.m. on December 2nd the boilers at Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s 443-megawatt, idled Coleman Station at 4982 River Road in Hawesville, were imploded and demolished as yet another step in the ongoing process consisting of months of demolitions

CDS Demolition team out of Louisville were onsite along with a few who came to watch the explosion. A prayer was said beforehand and everyone there had been instructed to move their vehicles to face the opposite direction of the explosion in case the impact might cause the windshields to shatter. Everyone, of course, was at a very safe distance from the boilers. The word was also spread around the area before the explosions occurred, making sure that no one would be anywhere near the implosions. Before each dynamite explosion, a demolition crewman announced it loudly with “Fire in the Hole!”

Big Rivers idled its coal-fired station – Kenneth C. Coleman Station in Hawesville, in 2014 after being in operation for 45 years. The three original stacks (300 feet tall), as well as one newer stack (450 feet tall), were imploded with explosives by Big Rivers contractors on March 23, 2022.

After the implosion and demolition process is completed, the 762-acre site will be cleared and readied for future development through environmental work. Big Rivers plans to market the site and its river port on the Kentucky State list of available industrial properties. The site’s immediate access to water, railway, natural gas, electricity and mooring cells, along with its barge unloader and warehouse will make it a prime site for industry in Kentucky. Mike Baker, Director of Economic Development for the Hancock County Industrial Foundation, says that once Big Rivers is cleaned up, it will probably be the number one site in Kentucky for industry.

By Jenifer Wimmer

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