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Still Making Megawatts
This undated photo shows all 3 units of Navajo Generating Station online and making megawatts.
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.
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.
Here’s a still from 12-18-2020 of the stack implosion as seen from the west side in the 500 kV yard. Of course the boilers and precipitators are gone now as well. Click to enlarge.
I had the privilege of interviewing Shayne Jones, former Maintenance Superintendent at Navajo Generating Station. We talked about his roots growing up in Page Arizona, his career with Salt River Project at Navajo Generating Station, and his thoughts about the closure of NGS and its subsequent demolition.
I hadn’t seen or talked to Shayne in literally decades, so it was good to grab some time to catch up and reminisce. Shayne wrote an article for Lake Powell Life News called NGS: The Iconic Stacks are Coming Down. Be sure to click that link and check it out. Also, consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss a thing. Enjoy!
Here’s an aerial view of the NGS stack demolition that took place on December 18, 2020. Courtesy of EcoFlight, this video is hosted on their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQfVR3–WySBu8b4JQmzEXA and shared here.
Stackless and now boilerless too. Only the NGS Power Block remains.
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:
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.
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.
This photo was taken following the stack demolition that took place on December 18, 2020. It’s looking east toward Tower Butte. Damaged from the stacks falling, the 1B cooling tower is partially visible on the left. The Service Water ponds are just off the picture to the left. This is just surreal to me. Click the image to enlarge.