The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is out for comment until May 23 on its intent to approve an air permit amendment for the coal-fired Plant Bowen that would allow Georgia Power to install a new start-up boiler.
The facility is located at 317 Covered Bridge Road, Cartersville, Georgia. The main purpose of this permit amendment is the removal of Start-up Boiler 1 and Combustion Turbines 6A and 6B, and the construction of a 471 MMBtu/hr No. 2 fuel and propane start-up boiler equipped with Low–NOx Burners (LNB) and Flue Gas Recirculation (FGR).
Combustion Turbine Units 6A and 6B were retired in April 2013. The new boiler will provide start-up steam to Units 1 and 2, as needed.
Plant Bowen includes four steam electric generating units, which primarily burn coal, and a simple cycle combustion turbine that burns primarily No. 2 fuel oil. During normal operation, the steam units use flue gas desulfurization (FGD) scrubbers and exhaust through a separate liner of one of the two wet 675-foot stacks. There are some operations when it will be necessary to bypass the scrubber. In these cases the units will exhaust through one of the two existing 1,000-foot stacks. The simple cycle combustion turbine has its own exhaust.