Elk River skyline changing as plant structures come down

Early July saw the removal of Elk River Energy Recovery Station’s air quality control/scrubber building, including the safe felling of two scrubber silos and associated duct structures.

The Elk River Energy Recovery Station was shut down March 15, 2019, following years of economic challenges. Great River Energy is decommissioning and demolishing the plant in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment while also assuring the safety and security of employees and the local community.

Crews have spent much of the summer taking down some of the site’s largest structures.

The power plant’s main stack was demolished after standing for many decades. Crews mechanically demolished the top half of the stack and then tipped the structure and landed it precisely where they planned. This was an important milestone in the demolition, and it was performed safely.

Early July saw the removal of the majority of the plant’s air quality control/scrubber building, including the safe felling of two scrubber silos and associated duct structures.

Great River Energy has secured the demolition site to ensure its employees and the public remain safe.

“Employees and Elk River residents have done a great job following new traffic patterns and staying a safe distance from demolition work,” said Project Retirement Leader Glenn Hauck.

Information and updates on the demolition are available at greatriverenergy.com/elkriverdemolition.

Demolition and site restoration are expected to be completed in 2021.