Stanton Station safely imploded

After more than a year spent dismantling, recycling and disposing of equipment and materials at Stanton Station, the structure of the retired power plant was imploded on Oct. 11.

This series of photos shows the implosion process of Stanton Station. It all took place in about 30 seconds.

This photo shows the implosion process of Stanton Station. It all took place in about 30 seconds.

“This was a solemn, historic event for Great River Energy,” said Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Generation

Officer Rick Lancaster. “For more than 50 years, hundreds of men and women operated Stanton Station with pride.”

The Stanton, N.D., plant was retired in 2017 because it was no longer economic to operate in the MISO energy market.

Great River Energy went to great lengths to ensure the implosion was a safe event, including establishing a large “exclusion zone” to safeguard people and property.

“We had a safe and successful implosion today. A lot of work led up to this, and there is much work to follow, but our team is committed to a safe, complete and environmentally responsible restoration of the Stanton Station plant site,” said Rich Garman, senior project manager

Stanton Station was a 188 megawatt, coal-fired generating facility located on the banks of the Missouri River. It utilized coal from the Spring Creek Mine in Montana.

The dismantling of Stanton Station is expected to be complete in late 2019. When complete, the site will be graded for drainage and planted with native vegetation.

  • Ninety-eight percent of all material removed during dismantling will be recycled.
  • Equipment was put to use at other Great River Energy facilities or sold.
  • All metals were recycled.
  • Useful supplies, such as furniture, were donated to local community groups.
  • Concrete and bricks will be crushed and used as fill for the restoration.
  • All oils and lubricants were recycled.