Reports: Explosion injures workers at Georgia coal-fired plant

Investigators are looking into the cause behind an explosion that struck Plant Bowen, a 3,500 MW coal-fired power plant, on April 4.

Four plant workers were injured, with one sent to a local hospital and released hours later. All employees are accounted for, according to reports.


One of the power plant’s units was being taken out of service for maintenance when the incident occurred. Plant Bowen’s four generating units are now offline. No power interruptions have been reported.

Officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has started an investigation into the explosion. Plant operator Georgia Power is also investigating the accident.

The plant is connected to the southeastern power grid by 500 kV transmission lines and is operated by Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co. It is located near Euharlee, Georgia, which is about 50 miles southwest of Atlanta.


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