Plant Bowen

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Plant Bowen
Plant Bowen.jpg
Plant Bowen 2012
Country United States
Location Bartow County, near Euharlee, Georgia
Coordinates 34°07′23″N 84°55′13″W / 34.12306°N 84.92028°W / 34.12306; -84.92028Coordinates: 34°07′23″N 84°55′13″W / 34.12306°N 84.92028°W / 34.12306; -84.92028
Status Operational
Commission date 1975
Owner(s) Georgia Power
Power generation
Primary fuel Coal (Bituminous)
Nameplate capacity 3,499 MW
Annual generation 22,600 GWh (2006)

Plant Bowen is a coal-fired power station located just outside Euharlee, Georgia, United States, approximately 8.7 mi (14 km) west-south-west from Cartersville. At 3,499 megawatts, Plant Bowen has the largest generating capacity of any coal-fired power plant in North America since the partial shutdown of Ontario Power Generation's Nanticoke Generating Station in Canada. Plant Bowen ranked third in the nation for net generation in 2006 producing over 22,630,000 MWh. The station is connected to the southeastern power grid by numerous 500 KV transmission lines, and is owned and operated by Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company.

Bowen's four cooling towers are 381 ft (116 m) tall and 318 ft (97 m) in diameter and can cool 1,100,000 US gallons (4,200,000 l; 920,000 imp gal) per minute. Another 26,000 US gallons (98,000 l; 22,000 imp gal) of water is lost to evaporation which creates the distinctive white clouds rising from each tower.

Bowen's two smokestacks are 1,001 ft (305 m) tall. Particulates are removed from the exhaust gases through the use of electrostatic precipitators. The exhaust gases are then closely monitored to comply with air quality regulations. In addition, Jet Bubble Reactor (JBR) units have recently been constructed on all four units to meet federal clean air and ozone standards.

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On 4 April 2013, an explosion occurred on unit 2 while it was being removed from service and readied for a planned maintenance outage. This caused significant damage to the plant but there were no serious injuries. [1] The explosion was attributed to a mixture of hydrogen and air in the generator, due to failure to comply with procedures. [2]

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