Georgia Power confirms accident occurred at Bowen plant

Southern (NYSE:SO) utility Georgia Power confirmed Oct. 27 that a contractor sustained injuries as a result of an accident at the Plant Bowen generating station in Bartow County, Ga.

“We can confirm an incident and injury of a contractor working at Plant Bowen near Cartersville today,” a company spokesperson said in an email response to an inquiry from GenerationHub.

“The contractor was performing offline maintenance of electrical equipment at the facility when he experienced burns due to an apparent electrical flash – however, we are working to determine the cause of the event. He has been transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the spokesperson said.

“There is no danger to the public or other employees at the plant. The safety our employees and neighbors is our top priority,” Georgia Power said.

Online news reports from Georgia indicated that a Bartow County emergency medical crew responded to the plant around 9:24 a.m.

Bowen is listed in GenerationHub records as having four coal-fired units with a combined generating capacity of almost 3,500 MW. The station’s 2013 capacity factor was more than 39%, according to GenerationHub data.

Georgia Power recently announced that it will develop plans to close all its coal ash ponds including the site at Bowen.

Georgia Power recently announced plans for closure of 29 coal ash ponds. Georgia Power has also been working on installation of environmental controls, including baghouses, at Bowen.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.