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Georgia coal-fired power plant explosion caused by worker error

Plant Bowen coal-fired power plant Georgia Power explosion

A generator explosion last month at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen was caused by worker error and not equipment failure, a spokesperson for Georgia Power told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The explosion at the 3,166 MW plant in Barlow County, Ga. resulted in only minor injuries. The spokesperson told the Journal Constitution an internal investigation determined workers did not comply with procedures and did not communicate properly, resulting in a combustible mix of hydrogen and air inside the generator.

The explosion occurred as workers were shutting down Unit 2 of the plant for planned maintenance. Two of the units at the plant are back online, according to the report, but units 1 and 2 remain closed.

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