Santee Cooper begins demolishing landmark coal plant

Work is getting underway this week on demolishing Santee Cooper’s old Grainger generating station near Conway.

The coal-fired generating plant was retired from service at the end of 2012 and the work of demolishing the facility is expected to be completed in the summer of next year.

The plant’s smokestacks, perhaps the most visible portions of the old generating plant, will be removed early next year.

Santee Cooper says that crews from National Salvage and Service Corp. will work six days a week and as much as 12 hours a day on the project.

Once the demolition is finished, the site will be covered with soil, graded and then planted with grass.