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Decommissioned Coal Power Plant Explore
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I can't remember if I shared this gallery when we explored it but I've been holding onto this one for a few years, waiting until the demolition was well under way - which it is now.

Going back to the summer of 2017, friends Banditt and Strange Places did what they do best and they were the first to successfully scout and execute an explore of this power plant.

Given this amazing news, RiddimRyder and I quickly made plans to head down and see it for ourselves.

The hike into this decommissioned power plant was long and terrible but the fact that we were greeted by this beautiful coal excavator made us forget all that.

At the half way point of the hike in we entered a coal field where this monstrosity sat hulking over us.

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The excavator made for a great spot to take a rest after a long and sweaty walk in. It also made for good cover to sit and await the eventual security patrol. Once we were rested, had taken a number of photos and were ready to proceed, we moved on from this beauty of machinery and started on for the next big challenge, to find our way up and in!

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After finally making it up the incline of the conveyor and stopping to catch our breath RiddimRyder and I were finally inside this massive decommissioned power plant.

Two years earlier when we explored Nanticoke it was a much different experience as it was larger and more difficult to find our way into the main powerhouse floor.

Here it was much easier, the conveyor took us right up and into the building and right away we could see the lights of the main hall. However, getting there was a maze of industrial pipes and gears and switches and things I know nothing about!We would navigate the maze, silently and swiftly stopping every so often to take a photo but always staying within whispering distance of each other.


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Finally, after walking across catwalks, up and down metal stairs we found out way to the fully lit power house floor!!!!

The exhaustion from the hike in and the walk up the incline of the conveyors had now been replaced by sheer adrenaline for RiddimRyder and I. We’re now on the floor of the powerhouse, which is fully lit and you can hear the hum of electricity everywhere.

The giant generators, covered yellow are a sight to behold, in October of 2010 Units 1 and 2 (or 4 total units) were shut down, leaving units 3 and 4 available to generate power.

The powerhouse floor was full of turbines, parts! It was clear that they had begun the process of dismantling of the generators and turbines. The parts were all very neatly organized on the floor, it was very interesting to get to see these pieces of machinery dismantled like this. I was also glad to see that some of the units were still in tact so I could get to see them both complete and dismantled.

When I explored Nanticoke 2 years earlier my biggest regret was not walking all the way to the middle of the crane over the turbine hall to get that money shot right down the middle. I let me nerves get the better of me there.

Not today though, I wasn’t leaving here with any regrets!

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We’re now on the floor of the powerhouse, which is fully lit and you can hear the hum of electricity everywhere.

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As we were wandering the power house floor, neither of us were paying attention and we realized that we had just walked by a window that faces the security guard booth and his truck was there. By this time it was dark outside so, in the odd chance that the guard happened to be looking in the direction of this window, he would have easily seen us walk by, especially since the lights were on inside the plant.

We decided then and there to call it and pack up our gear and leave. Problem was, we were on the opposite side of where we needed to be to exit the plant, so we had a long walk to get out.

We did make it out and the explore was (mostly) a success, when we got out of the fence line we looked over to the guard booth and his truck was still there, he had not seen us. However, I have no regrets in our decision to leave when we did, I've learned to always go with my gut no matter what.

The provincial power authority began the decommissioning in 2016 because it couldn’t get the green light from the province to re-outfit the coal facility with natural gas. The plant had been shuttered since 2013

On November 22, 2016, it was announced that they were no longer looking at alternative uses for this Generating Station, and that the facility would be decommissioned in 2017.

Now, as of 2019 the plant is deep into demolition, internal elements have been dismantled, stripped down, removed and recycled. The external cladding has been removed, exposing the interior that remains. The coal excavator is gone and the incline conveyors have been dismantled.

In a few short months, the two smoke stacks will implode, the implosion will be engineered so that the stacks fall in on the plant and on top of eachother.

Then, the main structure will be imploded.

The steel and bricks and concrete will all be recycled and reused in other projects and the huge concrete base on which all of this stands will remain in place.

The provincial power authority promises “to leave the site in a clean and environmentally friendly state” that preserves the “park-like atmosphere” on the parkway.

I hope you guys have liked this one!







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So awesome. When you first started posting pics of this on IG I thought it was Nanticoke again until you mentioned this was a smaller version of it. I had to go look at your pics again to remind myself how huge Nanticoke was.




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So awesome. When you first started posting pics of this on IG I thought it was Nanticoke again until you mentioned this was a smaller version of it. I had to go look at your pics again to remind myself how huge Nanticoke was.


Thanks man, yes Nanticoke was a monster and the incline conveyors were waaaay longer and more complicated to navigate. Then, once in the plant you had no idea where you were or which way you were facing to try and find the turbine hall!




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Great job on this! I really enjoy industrial locations.




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Wow! Great set and information, this place looks absolutely massive.




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Krazy great industrial site and rock solid stellar shots
#4 is fucking nuts, looks like something out of Mad Max movie set.




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Simply, awesome.




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Turbine-related boner.




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This and Nanti were the absolute batshit insane wonderful locations that we will never have again. Their speedy transition to dust is an urbex tragedy.

Maybe at some point in the future, pickering comes around?=)




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Maybe at some point in the future, pickering comes around?=)


Was thinking the same of our nuclear plant in Qc, but it'll take some 60 years to dismantle, which means radioactive hazard and workers for another half-a-century. I think it might be the same for Pickering's case. NPP decommissioning and dismantling always take a long time.




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Awesome!




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Can Ontario give us a bit of these spots please?




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Browsing through this again. Absurd.




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Thanks everyone, I'm glad you've enjoyed this one




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Well, fuck... Im too late

Great fucking set bro! This was insanely big




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