NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - People near the Sutton Plant may hear a strange noise coming from the facility this week.
Crews with Duke Energy are performing a "steam blow" cleaning process at the new combined cycle plant.
For the next ten days, you can expect to hear a low rumble and see the release of steam.
Steam blows help maintain the good working condition of the boiler and steam turbine.
"We appreciate our neighbors' cooperation and patience and look forward to sharing upcoming milestones with them," said Joel Moran, project manager at Sutton Combined Cycle Plant, in a news release. "The new facility, which began initial operational testing in late July, is part of Duke Energy's fleet modernization program to meet customers' energy needs in a more efficient and environmentally responsible way."
Plant construction began two years ago, and officials say there will be significant project milestones in the second half of this year.
After nearly 60 years in service, the three coal units at Sutton will be retired this December once the new natural gas plant begins commercial operation.
Duke Energy invested nearly $600 million in the Sutton plant project.
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