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Report - Frogponds Power Station, USA May 2019


mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
Whilst on my travels I was lucky enough to be able to shoot this lovely power station, which as it turned out was a sister station to one I explored last year however overall this one I felt had more to offer. I'd known about it for some time, but the opinion I always took away whenever speaking with people about it was that it was a stripped empty shell that had been derelict for years and not worth bothering with. That assumption that many people had held turned out to be totally untrue!

The coal-fired power station began generating electricity in 1945 during a time of rapid expansion of the power station network in the USA, countless plants over there were built in the decade after the war ended. It operated quite happily until the 1990s when a shortage of available fuel resulted in the plant burning, among other things, chipped up rubber tyres dug up from landfills and criminal evidence waste from police forces just to keep the plant online. In 1999 the company operating the plant was bought out and the new owners must have taken one look at what was going on in the plant and decided to close it almost immediately. The power station was placed on 'cold standby' in 2000 and has been abandoned ever since. Much like the sister plant I explored last year, the two 30MW turbines were half dismantled after closure but everything else has been left pretty much as it was.

This power plant had a design unlike any other I've seen before as well, it was quite strange. The turbine hall was built at ground level with the associated gubbins underneath them constructed below ground. The space underneath the turbines has now flooded quite alarmingly and this had the added effect of creating a misty haze in the turbine hall on this particular day. It was all quite surreal for me to walk into the turbine hall and find it all misty at one end.

This place also has the dubious distinction of being the location that has had the most loose and broken asbestos in it I've ever seen - huge chunks and piles of the stuff everywhere in the boiler house, asbestos lagging falling off the pipes everywhere, it was quite grim.

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Thanks for looking :)​
 

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