Here is your regular scheduled update from the Holly Plant Decommissioning Project Team:
Removal of the last water tank standing at the site began and was completed this week. The tank held one million gallons of water. In the following series of images, you will see the joint Austin Energy, TRC, and LVI team demolish the water tank.
This is a view of the tank with a portion of the side cut by the demolition team and exposing the inside of the tank.
Inside the tank, you can see the bottom of the roof and the pillars that hold structure in place.
The demolition team moved the excavator into place. The excavator is used to pull the pillars shown in the previous picture.
The workers previously partially cut the bottom of the pillars and attached cables to each one of the pillars. The demolition team then pulls the pillars using the excavator.
The roof and its pillars collapse to the floor.
The roof is ready to be removed by the team and lies at the bottom.
A welder begins to cut the roof into pieces for removal.
Members of the demolition team use the excavator to bring the cut pieces of the roof outside to be compacted and removed.
The welders have removed the top sections of the water tank.
The welder begins cutting the bottom sections of the tank.
While the excavator holds a section of the tank to keep it from falling, the welder continues to make his cut through the tank section working his way down to the bottom.
Notice, the bottom left hand side of the photo and the sparks at the base of the tank wall. The welder begins to cut the bottom portion of the tank section going from left to right.
The welder finished cutting across the bottom section and the excavator pushed the tank section causing it to fall on the tank floor.
The excavator pushes down the last remaining section of the water tank wall.
The operator maneuvers the excavator and begins to roll up the tank section.
The excavator lifts the section of the tank to reposition it before continuing to roll the remainder.
The following image shows the rolled up and flattened section of the tank wall. The team is now ready to lift these pieces into a metal container. These sheets of tank wall will be removed off site and recycled.
The last images show the sections of the tank wall rolled up and compacted like rolls of carpet.
Lastly, more images can be found in our image gallery. Click Here.
Dear Blog Reader,
Thanksgiving is this Thursday in Austin, TX. This is a day devoted to family, food, football, and gratitude.
We know that not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving this week, but in the spirit of one of our favorite holidays, we wanted to thank you. Whether this week is business as usual for you, or spent around the table with friends and family, all of us at the Holly Decommissioning Project are thinking about you and yours.
This is a short week on the project site and we decided to concentrate on tidying up the project site and shipping out all of the scrap that had accumulated.
It doesn’t take long to build up a mountain of steel pieces.
These are some of the largest pipes that carried steam from the boilers to the steam turbines.
No, this is not a wig, but a large amount of cabling waiting to be recycled.
The cabling is stuffed into a large container and made ready for transport.
A large container full of scrap is pulled onto the truck for transport.
The truck is leaving the site fully loaded. The demolition team uses the tarp to cover the trailer so that nothing flies or falls off the trailer during transit.
The demolition team placed the Holly 4 low-pressure turbine rotor onto the truck trailer for transport to the recycling facility.
Another truck is fully loaded.
The Holly 3 low-pressure turbine is leaving the site followed by another truck fully loaded with scrap steel.
The Holly 4 low-pressure turbine begins to depart the truck bay and is ready to be transported to the recycling facility.
If we tried to list every single thing we’re grateful for, we’d all be here until after Independence Day. We’ll be sharing the latest project update on Friday next week.
Have a great week,
Austin Energy, TRC, LVI and all of the Holly Decommissioning Team
The TRC team and Austin Energy has completed the first phase of the project. While the haul road and parking lot are not quite complete, the team has started on the next phase of the project which is Abatement and Decontamination. This phase will last nearly 5 months and expect this phase to last from the end of January to the beginning of July.
Approximately the next 5 months will be dedicated to asbestos removal and the removal began in January and will last until July of 2012. The highly trained team has started the work and are using the following yellow steel containers to contain the asbestos while awaiting transport.
These containers hold all of the asbestos removed and will not be opened until they arrive at the certified landfills.
Officially, the TRC team has started work at the Holly Plant site. Before removing the Holly Plant, the TRC team will have to do the following five Metz Park Improvements:
- Remove Arbor and vegetation for construction at Metz Park of the temporary haul road on Pedernales
- Install “Construction Notice” Signage at the hike and bike trail
- Install the temporary Metz Park Parking Lot
- Install barrier and fence along the new haul road
There are no available Holly Plant Decommissioning Project Employment Opportunities.
Application Process for Job Opportunities for the
Holly Plant Decommissioning Project
1. Submit Employment Application of Interest by e-mail or facsimile transmission to:
Carol S. Hadnot
Employment Outreach Consultant
TRC Solutions Team
2. Applications received will be forwarded to the hiring subcontractor who have posted the positions
3. Hiring subcontractor will evaluate and select applicants for interview
4. Hiring subcontractors will contact successful applicant to be hired
5. Hiring subcontractors will notify all applicants when the position has been filled
6. If you are interested in applying for a current opportunity: click here for a PDF version of the application.