Plant Bowen

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Plant Bowen
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Plant Bowen 2012
Plant Bowen is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Plant Bowen
Location of Plant Bowen
Country United States

317 covered bridge road SW, Euharlee 30120

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
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal (Bituminous)
Type Steam turbine
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 3,499 MW
Annual net output 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 over 3,200 megawatts, Plant Bowen is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in North America.[1] 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) per minute. Another 26,000 US gallons (98,000 l) or 37 million gallons per day (MGD) 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. Coal for this plant comes from Eastern Kentucky and is delivered by CSX Transportation Inc. Atlanta Division crews with unit coal trains that are sometimes 120 cars long.


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.[2] The explosion was attributed to a mixture of hydrogen and air in the generator, due to failure to comply with procedures.[3]

On July 13, 2017, A transformer in the plant's switchyard caught fire. A thick, black cloud of smoke was formed, but no one was injured. [4]

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