Two different people provided me with two different aerial photos taken recently of the Navajo Generating Station plant site. You know who you are, and thank you for getting these to me! Both of these photos show the current state of the NGS site as of July, 2022. There’s not much left there.
As an extra bonus I also show you an early aerial photo of the construction of the plant from 1970-ish. So this video gives you two ends of the spectrum: the demolition of NGS and the building of NGS. One of these is not like the other.
These photos capture some of the drilling activity at the lake pump station. The first image shows the early stages of the site. The second image shows the drilling rig and the third image is one of the drill bit used to bore through the sandstone. Click on an image to enlarge it.
Here’s another snapshot of the unit 1 boiler under construction and construction progressing on unit 2. The structure for the U1 and U2 elevator is clearly visible. The units 1 & 2 turbine deck is there. One of the yellow Bechtel trucks we used to see all over town is in the foreground. Click the image to enlarge.
When I saw this picture I recognized much of what was in it right away because I remember being there probably 6-8 months after this picture was taken. Since I’m cooped up over here with the social distancing thing going on and I wanted to tell somebody about it, I made this short video. Lucky you! Let me walk you through what I remember about the things in this photo.
This photo was taken from somewhere on the U1 boiler structure. The dewatering bins and the U1&2 fly ash bin are under construction. The train’s in the background. Click to enlarge. There’s a lot of detail to see in this one.
This photo, taken from the south, shows construction progressing on unit one’s boiler. Some of the air ducts are in place and the units one and two elevator shaft is emerging. Check out the vintage pickup trucks and the workers on the ground. Click to enlarge.
This early photo of unit one at Navajo Generating Station is taken from the south, looking north. Click to enlarge it and take a closer look at the detail. The power block foundations for units one and two are in place and the coal silos for unit one are set. There’s a guy running a John Deere front-end loader in the foreground. Nothing runs like a Deere!
This photo is a look north at the Unit One boiler and stack. You can also see the Unit One coal silos and construction proceeding on the Unit Two power block. Be sure to check out my YouTube Channel. Click the image to enlarge it and see more detail.