Lake Creek Power Plant Unit 2 Imploded

Second of two retired natural gas steam units demolished, sparking significant recycling project

More than five decades after it began commercial operation and nearly five years after retirement, Luminant’s Lake Creek natural gas steam unit two near Waco came tumbling down on May 29. Lake Creek Unit 1 was imploded in February.

Both units were built in the 1950s at Lake Creek, one of Luminant’s older plant sites, and during operation employed some 50 full-time workers.

Lake Creek Unit 2 was imploded using about 100 pounds of explosives and 48 charges. Roughly 95 percent of the materials will be recycled, including steel, copper, and parts and pieces of large equipment that has been broken down as part of the dismantling process.

Watch the implosion from two angles:

Luminant has been granted an air permit by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to potentially construct two natural gas combustion turbines at its existing Lake Creek site. No final decision has been made whether to build them.

The implosion of Lake Creek Unit 2 received coverage from KWTX-TV (CBS), KWKT-TV (Fox) and KXXV-TV (ABC) in Waco and KETK-TV (NBC) in Tyler.

Lake Creek Quick Facts:

  • Lake Creek Power Plant Unit 2 began commercial operation on July 9, 1959 and Unit 1 began commercial operation on April 25, 1953.
  • The natural gas steam units were retired in 2009.
  • Lake Creek Unit 1 and Unit 2 operating capacity and homes powered: 317 megawatts – enough to power about 159,000 homes on an annual basis and 63,000 during the summer peak.
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