Hookers Point Power Plant

Photo by Nomeus, 2007 - Flurbex.com

Photo Credit: Nomeus, 2007 – A shot of the plant at night, showing power on throughout the facility.

In the late 1930s, war with Japan seemed imminent; construction on a new power plant began to accommodate the needs of the growing population and the nearby Air Force base. Hookers Point Power Plant came online in 1940, a 220-megawatt coal-burning facility consisting of five steam turbine power-generating units. The plant would generate power for the growing Tampa Bay area for the next 46 years.

It wasn’t until 1986 when the plant was removed from service as the plant owners, Tampa Electric, found it more economical. It would only be 4 years before Hookers Power Plant was put back into operation. It would continue operating until 2002, when plans were being made to dismantle the facility.

Photo by Nomeus, 2007 - Flurbex.com

Photo Credit: Nomeus, 2007 – The turbines and generators were among machinery dismantled and removed due to concerns of asbestos.

In 1996, Tampa Electric assigned $570,000 for the dismantling of the plant. In 2002, the facility was shutdown once again and removal of it began. A major part of the project was the removal and disposal of asbestos associated with the five steam turbines. By the end, over 2.5 million pounds of steel and cast iron was removed, with 99% of the copper, nickel, brass and steel recycled.

In 2007, the property was designated a “brownfield” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. A brownfield is defined by the FDEP as an abandoned, idled, or underused industrial facility where expansions or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

Demolition and dismantling ended in January 2009.

  • Photographer: Nomeus
    Year Taken: 2007
    Website: FLURBEX


  1. Rhett Mikols on

    Energy; it takes so much to create and maintain. Nuclear is not the option. We need to go to solar for each house and business. We are to dependent on our cars because the way communities is designed was to make us like slaves to the oil companies.

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  3. Bullet! this is great stuff! astounding shots of big industrial scale complexity!!!
    i’ve been trying to locate siteslike this but not much luck.. so this is a good exciting start.
    i did some shots of power plant at Apollo Beach and seriously got hasseled/threatened by Homeland Security guys! and some good shots of Sutton Point (Tampa – east) power plant being demolished. will post here later…
    Any planned adventures??? email me… i’d really dig going with somebody that appreciates this type stuff! Jeff

    • Thanks Jeff.

      I can’t take credit for the photos as that’s Nomeus’ work, the research and history is my work though. If you’re interested, check out http://www.flurbex.com, the best and only urban exploring group in Florida.

  4. Great shots. I wanted to explore this when I starting working with Hendry Corporation (the last owner and demolisher). Hendry Corporation execs. have discovered your site and pictures and by their comments really enjoyed them. Sadly it was demoslished before I had the time to explore. Thank you posting the pictures so at least I could get an idea what it looked like inside.

    BTW: Rhett – “Get a Life!”

  5. The plant did not use coal as fuel. It burned #6 fuel oil in the boilers. It is a very thick black oil that has to be heated to about 220F in order to flow well.

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