updated: 5/31/2012 12:33:59 PM
Indianapolis-based Citizens Energy Group has begun to dismantle a gas holder that has stood over the company's former coke plant for more than 75 years. Chief Executive Officer Carey Lykins says the demolition is a "historic first step" in redeveloping the area.
May 31, 2012
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Citizens Energy Group recently began demolition of its gas supply area at its former coke manufacturing plant on the city’s southeast side. As part of the demolition, Citizen will dismantle the gas holder that has towered over the plant since 1936.
“The demolition of the gas holder at our former Indianapolis Coke Plant is a historic first step in the eventual redevelopment of the property,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “We look forward to working with community partners to return the plant site to uses that will add value to the southeast side."
From 1909 to 2007, the plant manufactured coke, a distilled form of coal that is used as fuel in the steel industry and other industries. For 71 years, the gas holder stored six million cubic feet of coke oven gas, but has been inactive since the plant closed in 2007. Coke oven gas, a byproduct of the manufacturing process, was used to heat homes and businesses until it was gradually replaced by natural gas.
Citizens is committed to a long-range vision for reusing the former plant site and the nearby parcels. Currently, Citizens is considering a proposal from Rugby Indiana to develop the Twin Aire site, just north of the plant, into a recreation site.
Dismantling of the gas holder will begin in early June and be complete by late August. Citizens does not expect any environmental impacts and steps will be taken to prevent erosion and runoff into nearby Pleasant Run Creek. During the dismantling process, residents living near the site may notice an increase in traffic as trucks will be used to remove steel and other construction materials from the site. No road closures, however, are expected. All metals will be recycled and other construction materials will be sent to landfills.
About Citizens Energy Group
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Source: Citizens Energy Group