RG&E Begins Demolition of Beebee Stack
Work expected to be finished in 2012
Rochester, NY – RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has begun demolishing the boiler stack at its closed Beebee Station generation facility in Rochester. The company expects the work to be completed by the end of the year.
The 250-foot reinforced concrete stack was built in 1925, was last fired in 1999 and serves no useful purpose. Recent testing and inspection determined that the top portion of the stack has deteriorated to the point where it is a safety risk and has to be taken down. The rest of the stack continues to deteriorate as well. The breeching and platforms near the base of the stack will be removed during the first phase of the project. During the second phase, the stack will be enclosed in a scaffold and wrapped to minimize noise and to contain debris and dust. The demolition will start at the top of the stack where the concrete will be broken up, pushed into the stack and removed through an engineered opening at the bottom of the structure.
RG&E is currently in the early stages of developing a long-range approach for the overall decommissioning of Beebee Station.