FirstEnergy Completes Demolition of R.E. Burger Power Station
On July 29, FirstEnergy completed demolition of the 854-foot concrete stack and 171-foot tall boiler house at its former coal-fired R.E. Burger Power Station in Shadyside, Ohio, paving the way for future development.
Today’s activities were the culmination of more than three weeks of preparation. Excess concrete and rebar were removed from the structures to direct the angle of the buildings’ fall. A professional explosives demolition team from Tulsa, Ok., set charges in the structures for the explosives. Dust suppression systems consisting of large fans and water sprayers surrounded the buildings to help contain the concrete and dirt particles that result from the structures’ fall.
Today’s demolition is an important milestone that supports future development of the Burger facility. FirstEnergy is working with state and local officials, JobsOhio and PTTGC America to support use of this property for a proposed cracker plant that will bring a vital manufacturing base to the county and many employment and business development opportunities to the region.