Ken Leighton 7:59 a.m., May 22
The Port of San Diego is inviting members of the public to a demolition party, as the South Bay Power Plant meets its maker via implosion this Saturday at 7 a.m.
The plant, a bay front fixture since the 1950s, was acquired by the Port from San Diego Gas & Electric in 1999, with the intention of removing it as soon as the state Public Utilities Commission would allow. The decommissioning process, conducted by energy giant Dynegy, began in 2011 and will start in earnest with a single explosive blast this weekend when the above-ground structures are leveled.
The implosion is expected to last less than two minutes, and the resulted sound effects are described by the port as reminiscent of “rolling thunder.”
A public viewing area has been arranged at the south side of Marina Way in Chula Vista, about a quarter mile north of the actual demolition site.
Removal of the exploded debris, as well as underground plant components, is expected to continue for the next several months.