Work continues on the MU Power Plant chimneys

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | 1:41 p.m. CDT; updated 9:11 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, November 3, 2010
MU Power Plant workers make repairs on the south chimney on Tuesday. The $3.8 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2011.

COLUMBIA — Workers ascended the 320-foot chimney at the MU Power Plant this week to continue repairs to the crumbling structure. 

“It’s a long-term project,” said MU Campus Facilities spokeswoman Karlan Seville.  “The smokestacks will have a protective coating put over the top of them to keep any concrete from scalding or cracking off or falling.”

The $3.8 million project, scheduled for completion in late 2011, has been under way since March, closing portions of Stewart Road since October. 

The two-year project also entails replacing and converting a new biomass boiler, which will mainly use waste wood chips and other renewable energy sources.

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