April 4 Southern Co's largest utility
unit, Georgia Power, confirmed that an explosion occurred on
Thursday afternoon at the 3,166-megawatt Plant Bowen coal-fired
station in Bartow County, northwest of Atlanta.
The company said the explosion took place at Bowen Unit 2,
which was being shut for maintenance work, according to a post
The company reported four minor injuries, with one person
treated at a local hospital.
An investigation of the explosion was underway.
Plant Bowen is one of Southern Co's largest fossil-fueled
Earlier this year, Georgia Power told state regulators it
wanted to shut a small oil-fired unit at Plant Bowen and to
install two baghouses at Bowen Units 3 and 4, along with other
pollution control equipment at all four Bowen units to comply
with stricter federal air emission standards.