The steel was “topped out” on the Leland Olds Station Emissions Control Project July 14. During a construction project, a “topping out” ceremony happens when the final beam of steel is placed. A Christmas tree and American flag decorate the steel for good luck.
The last piece of steel on this project supports the ductwork for flue gas as it moves into the scrubber. The steel was set at about 80 feet above ground level. Ironworkers Local Union 512 celebrated the milestone.
Leland Olds Station is being fitted with a wet limestone scrubber to remove sulfur dioxide emissions from the flue gas. Commercial operation for the Unit 2 scrubber is scheduled for 2010; Unit 1 is planned for 2011.
This video was done in July 2007, at the start of this project.