Using nearly 150 pounds of dynamite and over 30 charges, Luminant’s Valley Unit 1 and Unit 2’s stack were imploded around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, in Fannin and Grayson counties.
Imploding the equipment is a significant step in the demolition and recycling effort of the plant’s three inactive, retired natural gas-powered steam units. Valley Unit 3 was imploded last December and the remaining parts of Unit 2 will be imploded in the near future.
Following the implosion, crews will cut and separate sections of the units into smaller pieces for recycling. Roughly 95 percent of the materials, including steel, copper and parts and pieces of large equipment will be sent to recycling centers around the world.
Valley Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in the 1960s and were retired in 2010. During full operation, roughly 90 fulltime employees helped power Texas at Valley.
Did you know? Valley Units 1, 2 and 3 had an operating capacity of 1,115 megawatts – enough to power 558,000 homes on an annual basis or 78,000 during the summer peak.
Watch the implosion video below.