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Tampa Electric to demolish original striped chimney at Big Bend power plant

TAMPA, November 16, 2016

The skyline of Apollo Beach will change in coming weeks, as Tampa Electric will demolish the original red-and-white-striped chimney at its Big Bend Power Station.

“Big Bend’s chimneys have been landmarks in Apollo Beach for decades,” said Ron Bishop, director of Big Bend Station. “This will change the landscape.”

The chimney was built in 1968 and painted with red and white stripes, as was traditional at the time. It served Big Bend Units 1 and 2 for more than three decades.

Big Bend uses the best-available pollution-control technology, which makes it one of the cleanest coal-burning power plants in the United States. The fourth chimney was built in 1999, when the scrubbers were installed at Big Bend; since then, the original chimney was used only minimally. In 2008, the company removed the chimney’s steel liner, which had been affected by age. With no liner, the chimney was no longer useful, and it has not been used since then.

The 500-foot-tall chimney is made of poured reinforced concrete. It will be dismantled in pieces by a specialized team. The large pieces of concrete will be removed from inside the structure. The most visible work will begin in mid-December and will continue through April.

Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 730,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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