Utility Says “Tanks for the Memories”

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 14, 2009 – Demolition of two aboveground storage tanks at Kissimmee Utility Authority’s Roy E. Hansel Generating Station begins Thursday in downtown Kissimmee.

Installed in 1981, the twin 500,000-gallon tanks have housed backup diesel fuel for the power plant’s generating units. After January 1, 2008 the generators began operating on natural gas only, eliminating the need for the backup fuel and tanks.

The two-month demolition project is being handled by Orlando, Fla.-based Central Environmental Services, Inc. To prepare for the demolition, the three-acre site underwent extensive soil and water contamination testing. In addition, the exterior paint of the tanks was tested for lead. Assessment results for all tests were good, showing no contamination.

Upon completion of the project and pending utility board approval, the three acre-site will be turned over to the city of Kissimmee to be included in its redevelopment and expansion of Lakefront Park.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836