Tradinghouse Power Plant implosion gives new use to old materials


The last of two boilers at Luminant’s retired Tradinghouse Power Plant near Waco was imploded Friday, making way for 16,000 tons of materials to find new use through recycling.

Imploding the boilers is the final significant step in the demolition process of the plant’s two inactive, retired natural gas-powered steam units. The first boiler was imploded in March.

After the dust settled, Luminant crews immediately began cutting and separating the materials, including steel, copper and parts and pieces of large equipment, in preparation to ship 95 percent of the materials to recycling centers where the metals will be melted down and reused. Some salvageable equipment is being used at other plants.

This video captured the dramatic implosion from just 50 yards away from the site.

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