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May 17, 2013

Salem power plant owners address rumors

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Footprint consultants will address those issues in more detail at future meetings, he said.

There were also questions about the gas line to the plant that may have to cross over land to get to the Fort Avenue facility. The decision on the gas line won’t be made by Footprint, Silverstein said, but by Spectra Energy, which owns and operates a large gas line that runs under the ocean from Beverly to Weymouth.

What about demolition? How will all that material be removed? What will the truck traffic be like?

Most of the demolition materials, which include steel oil tanks and brick stacks, will be taken over water by barges, officials said. That also will be the preferred method of transport for construction material.

“Our primary method of removing material and construction equipment will be by marine access,” said Ken Kinkela, a contractor hired by Footprint. “All the big stuff...is going to come by ship.”

The demolition and construction will be done in stages, Kinkela said, beginning in August and ending in April 2016. The new plant is slated to open two months later in June.

At the peak of construction, a period of a few months, there will be about 600 workers on the site. A consultant said they should not impact traffic significantly because they will be arriving by 7 a.m. and leaving in mid-afternoon.

Footprint also announced plans to build a 12-foot acoustical wall around the site to reduce sound during demolition and construction.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

 

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