NGS: The Stages of Demolition

Still Making Megawatts

This undated photo shows all 3 units of Navajo Generating Station online and making megawatts.

Stack Demolition

This view of the 12-18-2020 stack demolition was taken from the 500kV yard on the west side of the power block. The unit 3 precipitators came down as part of the stack implosion. Click to enlarge.

Units 1 and 2 Precipitators

Following the stack implosions, the units 1 and 2 precipitators were next to go. This image shows the units 1 and 2 precips moments before their demolition on 1-19-21. The unit 3 precips came down with the stack implosions on 12-18-2020 and can be seen on the left side of the picture. click to enlarge.

The Stackless Version

I took this picture on March 2nd, 2021, the day before the boiler demolitions. The stacks and precipitators are already gone. The stacks and the unit 3 precips came down on 12-18-20. The units 1 and 2 precips came down on 1-19-2021.

Boiler Demolition

This still image was taken from my video of the boiler demolition on 3-3-21 and shows the units 1-3 (right to left) boilers coming down, along with the unit 3 elevator.

Boiler Demolition Aftermath

After the boiler demolition, this cloud formed over the NGS plant site due to the coal fire that resulted from the demolition. The coal silos for all 3 units were part of the demolition that day and a pretty significant fire ensued but it looked like it was quickly contained. Click image to enlarge.

Turbine Deck and Power Block

I took this in the late afternoon of March 3rd, 2021, the day the boilers came down. It was still hazy from the smoke earlier. Click image to enlarge and you can see a U3 silo and part of the boiler laying on their sides and a couple of the U3 steam leads sticking up in the air.

NGS Power Block Before and After

Stackless and now boilerless too. Only the NGS Power Block remains.

My Conversation with Bobby Poole, Retired NGS O&M 3 Specialist

I’ve known Bobby Poole since 1960 when we moved to Page Arizona and I started first grade there. We were both on site at Navajo Generating Station during construction of the plant in the early 1970s. Bobby worked for Owens Corning Fiberglass at the time and I was a security guard at NGS, employed by Burtco. We both witnessed the construction of NGS first hand, specifically units 2 and 3. I was hired by Salt River Project as an Operator Trainee in 1976 and Bobby was hired in that same position in 1980. This conversation is his story, not just of his time at NGS but you’ll also hear a recap of his history as one of the first residents of Page. Links we talked about in this conversation:

Navajo Generating Station Boiler Demolition

The NGS boiler demolition took place on March 3rd, 2021. Bobby Poole, a retiree of NGS and Salt River Project joined me as we watched and videoed the implosion.

The Before Picture

Today is Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 and I am in Page to hopefully video the boilers coming down tomorrow, March 3rd. Consider this the before picture. I was unable to get any closer. Tomorrow the boilers will be gone. In addition to the video, I’ll try for an after picture from this same spot if I can get back in here.