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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.

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SDparkingCzar Jan. 30, 2013 @ 6:01 p.m.

Is the south bay imploding one agency at a time or is it just me...

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Visduh Jan. 31, 2013 @ 9:33 a.m.

Funny! Does anyone else see a weird contradiction here? San Onofre is shut down indefinitely, and the state ISO is scrambling to find power to replace the output no longer coming from the nuke plants. Yet, they are now getting ready to blow one local source of power to smithereens. Is it ugly? Sure is! Was it working well when it was last used? Maybe not as flawlessly as some other plants, but it was a reliable source of power to the county (meaning the SDGE service area) for a long time, and could still be putting out power. One of the reasons given by SDGE for building the generally-unwelcome Sunrise Power Link was to "insure" a reliable power supply to the region. Might it have been unnecessary to build that line if this plant were still in service? Inquiring minds want to know.

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