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Demolition of the former Nanticoke coal generating station

Construction of the Nanticoke Generating Station lasted over a decade. The blast levels the facility in less than a minute


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Video courtesy of Aim-Delsan/Concrete Pictures

Ontario Power Generation safely demolished the powerhouse of the former Nanticoke Generating Station, which was at one time the largest coal-fired plant in the world.

The site, located near Port Dover on the north shore of Lake Erie, has been transformed into OPG’s first-ever solar facility.

The former Nanticoke GS produced power for more than 40 years, and at peak capacity, the facility could power a city the size of Toronto.

The facility had a total capacity of 4,000 megawatts at its peak operations. That’s almost 1,000 megawatts more than the current capacity of Pickering Nuclear GS.

Nanticoke burned its last piece of coal on Dec. 31, 2013 and demolition of the stacks occurred on February 28, 2018.

“The closure of Nanticoke Generating Station is one of North America’s single largest climate change initiatives,” said Mike Martelli, OPG president of renewable generation. “Building and sustaining a clean, low cost electricity system is fundamental to a healthy environment and a strong, low-carbon economy.”

OPG and its partners, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, developed the 44-megawatt solar facility on time and on budget. Nanticoke Solar – the fourth OPG First Nations partnership – went into service on March 29.

OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day.


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