CHESTER, PA, Nov. 9, 2020 (Local News) -Chester’s river skyline is changing. Kimberly Clark has begun demolition of its multistory coal-fired steam plant that looms over the Industrial Highway at Chester Creek. The work is part of a $150 million investment in the site that has transformed the facility from using coal to natural gas at the 1.8-million-square-foot facility which sits on 61.5-acres along the Delaware River.
“We’re shifting to a 26 megawatt co-generation operation, that utilizes natural gas; our old process, which we’ve been using for 30 plus years, uses coal,” said Jeff Hutter, Chester plant manager at Kimberly-Clark, in a phone interview Thursday. “The entire building will be taken down to the ground and cleared out over the next three months.”
One of the first parts of the structure to go was a section of the coal tube which had an enclosed conveyor belt which brought fuel from the coal yard over Chester Creek and up into the boiler which produced steam and electricity to run the factory.
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