Big Rivers Electric Corporation imploded the stacks that once served Kenneth C. Coleman Station in Hawesville on March 23, 2022. The 443-megawatt power plant on the Ohio River began generation from its first unit in 1969 and later expanded to three units. Big Rivers idled the coal-fired power station in 2014. After nearly a year of careful dismantling and moving operational equipment, Big Rivers contractors used explosives to take down the three original stacks (300 feet tall) and one newer stack (450 feet tall).
The 762-acre site will be cleared and prepared for future economic development opportunities following the implosion and continued demolition this year. Once environmental work is complete, Big Rivers will market the site and its river port as part of the state’s list of available industrial properties. The finished property will feature immediate access to water, electricity, natural gas, mooring cells, a barge unloader, and a warehouse.