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Company given extension to demolish California power station

November 17, 2019 GMT

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Power company NRG Energy Inc. has been granted an extension to demolish a defunct California power station.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Carlsbad City Council approved an extension of up to nine months to complete the demolition of the Encina Power Station.

Under an agreement NRG signed with the city, work was required to begin in December and be completed in two years.

Officials say the delay is necessary because two building components remain in service.

Seawater pumps installed to cool the plant’s fuel are providing water to a desalination plant operated by Poseidon Water, which expects to install its own pumps by April.

The plant also houses a radio antenna used by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which plans to have a new communications system by March.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com