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Georgia Power set to implode boilers at Plant Kraft Saturday morning

Georgia Power will remove the boilers for retired units 1-4 at Plant Kraft by controlled demolition between 8 and 10 a.m. today, weather and safety conditions permitting.

A boiler is a large structure for turning water into steam as part of the power production process. The implosion is the next step in the dismantlement of the retired power plant in Port Wentworth, which served electric customers from 1958 through 2015.

The company is working with a professional demolition contractor to safely remove the structures, said Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft. The efforts are being coordinated as needed with multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, local law enforcement and public safety officials.

Those living closest to the plant are likely to hear the demolition, which could sound like a loud thunderclap, Kraft said.

Immediately before the demolition, the Coast Guard, law enforcement and DNR will establish an exclusion zone to ensure a safe buffer around the site. Access to surrounding industrial property will be restricted, and sightseers are cautioned not to trespass on private property of the company, area residents or businesses.

Boat traffic will be prohibited from entering the exclusion zone on the Savannah River for several hundred feet on both sides of the plant for 15-20 minutes while the demolition occurs.

Following the boiler removal, the dismantlement of Plant Kraft will continue.

Georgia Power retired Plant Kraft in 2015 following approval by the Georgia Public Service Commission. Last year, the company announced plans to donate property from the retired plant to the Georgia Ports Authority.

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