Winter Environmental performed asbestos abatement and selective dismantling of the Duke Energy Lee Power Plant, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. This 382 MW power plant maintained three coal-fired boilers, associated turbine buildings and decks, precipitators administration and contractor buildings and other ancillary buildings on site that required abatement prior to complete demolition.
Winter Environmental’s scope of work included asbestos abatement of boiler insulation, tanks and duct insulation, pipe insulation, asbestos cement panels, roofing materials, gaskets and vibration dampers, as well as the dismantling of the boilers and associated components. In addition to ACM abatement, Universal Waste removal was included in the work scope.
There were many challenges involved in this project. One challenge was establishing a containment on the outside boiler; this was accomplished by using a 12-mil reinforced polyethylene product. The polyethylene was installed and heated to create a form-fit around the structure and the work space was placed under negative air using a bank of HEPA units.
Weather was also a consideration as the shrink-wrap containments had to withstand snow, ice, sub-freezing temperatures, storms and high wind/hurricane conditions over the nine month project duration. Other conditions of the project included performing activities at heights of up to 165 ft in articulating booms and lifts.
Quantities of materials abated included: 80,000 sf of boiler insulation, 20,000 lf of pipe insulation, 45,000 sf of tank and duct insulation and 65,000 sf of cement asbestos panels.