Video: FPL demolishes Port Everglades power plant

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As previously announced, Florida Power and Light Co. detonated charges to demolish the Port Everglades Power Plant in Hollywood, Fla. the morning of July 16.

The collapse and implosion of the '60s-era power plant's four 350-foot-tall stacks and 7,500-ton boilers was broadcast on live streaming websites by FPL Corp.

The Port Everglades plant was a four-unit oil and natural gas-fired power plant that was capable of generating 1,200 MW. It went into service between 1960 and 1965.

The new power plant to be built in its place, the Next Generation Clean Energy Center, a 1,277 MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant, will cut the carbon dioxide emissions rate in half and reduce air emissions by more than 90 percent, according to FPL.

The company said the new plant is expected to cost $1 billion and construction is planned to start in early 2014. The plant will cut carbon dioxide emissions in half and reduce emissions by more than 90 percent, FPL said in a release. It is expected to begin operations in June 2016.

The project will also create an estimated 650 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs during the height of construction, and support many local businesses. And in the first full year of operation alone, this investment will deliver about $20 million in new tax revenue to local governments and school district.

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