The Jialing Power Plant will disappear in six months' time, reported Sichuan Online and West China City Daily, following an announcement by the city's environmental bureau announced on its website.
The contract between State Power Chengdu Jintang Power Plant and Hongda Blasters stated that the plant's three symbolic cooling towers will be removed by the end of April and all other facilities will be completely dismantled before October.
In February 2011, Chengdu Engineering Investment Group acquired 51 percent of the plant's shares through judicial sale and liquidated the company's holdings, preparing for the ultimate demolition, in a bid to improve Chengdu's environmental quality.
The Sichuan State Power and Chenghua District Procuratorate's Anti-Corruption Bureau will be following the demolition project closely. The Economic, Environmental, Safety, Urban Management and Transport Bureaus of Chenghua District as well as the police will be assisting the process.
On 14 March 2010, operations came to a halt and checks were carried out after the plant was found to be violating requirements for permitted pollutants. Following, environmental authorities have rejected requests of powering up the plant thrice. The plant has not been in operation since.
On 16 September last year, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Development and Reform Commission announced that the plant's desulphurization facilities are severely instable. The provincial environmental authorities instructed Chengdu's Environment Bureau to take action against the violators.
Data from the authorities revealed that from January to September 2010, Chenghua's air pollution index (API) was 4.94 lower than that of 2009. The respirable particulate matter index fell by 3.64.
According to one of the plant's security guard, surnamed Lee, the surrounding air quality when the plant was still in operation was so bad that a layer of dust takes only ten minutes to be formed on a newspaper whenever he tries to read.
Students from nearby universities donned bikinis in a protest against the air pollution emitted by the plant in May 2010.
Chengdu citizens bade farewell to the Chengdu Laosan Wayao Thermal Power Plant and Lao Chengdu Thermal Power Plant earlier.