FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nov. 5, 2018 – Black Hills Energy today announced they will begin the decommissioning process of their Liquified Natural Gas facility located in Yarboro, Arkansas just outside of Blytheville. Plans to decommission the facility were approved by the Arkansas Public Service Commission in October, and demolition will begin November 5.
The facility which was constructed in 1971, has reached the end of its useful life and would require costly updates to continue operating. Closing the facility will not affect gas service for the area’s residence.
Supplies of natural gas in the facility have been drawn down over the prior months, and gas liquification ceased earlier in 2018. During the early stages of the demolition, any remaining natural gas will be flared off. The flare off could begin early this week and may be visible to those in the surrounding area.
“Safety is our top priority,” said Todd Jacobs,
“Safety is our top priority,” said Todd Jacobs, vice president of natural gas operations for Black Hills Energy in Arkansas. “Our teams will be working in partnership with our contractor to decommission the facility safely and efficiently with no impact to the area.”
All demolition work is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2019.