The Shreveport skyline will soon look different.
Southwestern Electric Power Co. announced Monday that the company has begun the process of removing chimney stacks that date nearly a century at the Arsenal Hill Power Plant.
“The Arsenal Hill chimneys have been a part of the downtown Shreveport skyline for nearly 100 years,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Smoak. “While the chimneys are a part of Shreveport history, removing them will mitigate potential risks to our employees and our operations.”
The removal of these stacks comes after a recent inspection that raised potential safety concerns regarding the deterioration of the concrete chimneys.
Arsenal Hill first began generating power in 1926, in the 1970’s SWEPCO placed two 275-foot tall chimneys in place after the plant’s original generating units were retired.
SWEPCO contracted ICC Commonwealth to remove the chimneys. The process began in August and will continue throughout the fall.
SWEPCO said the chimney removal will not impact generation operations at Arsenal Hill or the adjacent Stall Unit.
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact here at firstname.lastname@example.org.