/The historic steam tree at Camp Lezun will be demolished

The historic steam tree at Camp Lezun will be demolished

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejune, N.C.

The Marine Corps Energy Program decided to destroy the last steam plant at the base after it became a new source of efficient energy.

The coal-fired steam station has been in operation for 4 years, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Scott Self, now General Foreman of Steam Generation Operations, has worked on the iconic site for over 20 years. He considered the steam plant as his second home.

“Lots of kids out there, you spend more time with your shift mates than your family,” Self said.

He said it was heartbreaking to see the place where his career had broken down.

Andrew Smith, director of utilities, for electrical distribution and steam generation, said the tree lost a lot of heat as it pushed steam across the entire base.

A conveyor belt carries the coal to the pulverizer, converting the boilers into ducts as energy. “Boiler tubes removed water through that fire source and thus created steam,” Smith said.

Using a steam base, provides heat and hot water for a variety of uses.

The site stopped working in April 2017 by converting the base to natural gas, providing more efficiency.

Now the pictures will preserve the memory of his work on Self4 year old Steam Planet.

There are no plans to renovate the site at this time, and there is no word on when the demolition will end.