Coal-Fired Power Plants in the USA - Georgia
Arkwright
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 46 MW, 2 X 49 MW
Operation: 1941-1948 (ret 2002)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Georgia Power
Quick facts: Preston S Arkwright was one of the founders and later president of Georgia Power Co.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Posted 12 Sep 2007

Bowen
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 806 MW, 1 X 789 MW, 2 X 952 MW
Operation: 1971-1975
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Plant Bowen was built at a cost of about $400mn on a 3,000ac site mnar the Etowah River in Bartown County. The facility produces as much as 20 TWh/yr. At full load, coal burn is 1,100t/hr. All four supercritical untis have been retrofit with SCR and wet limestone FGD systems.

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Power Co
Posted 8 Jan 2012

Hammond
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 3 X 100 MW, 1 X 500 MW
Operation: 1954-1970
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, FW
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Plant Hammond has a 605ac site not far from the Georgia-Alabama line in Floyd Co west of Rome.

Photograph by dennyswaitress (Panoramio)
Posted 8 Jan 2012

Harllee Branch
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 299 MW, 1 X 359 MW, 2 X 544 MW
Operation: 1965-1969 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, Riley
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: In 1951, Harllee Branch Jr became Georgia Power’s fifth president. Units 3&4 are supercritical and the completion of Unit-4 made Plant Branch Georgia's first 1-GW power plant. Coal burn was about 3mn tpy and the plant connected to the grid at 230kV. The 1,000ft stack was built in 1978. In 2013, Georgia Power announced that the plant would close in 2015 as it was not economic to retrofit required flue gas cleaning equipment to meet forthcoming requirements. The last operating unit at Plant Branch was retired in Apr 2015.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Posted 12 Sep 2007

Kraft
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 50 MW, 1 X 54 MW, 1 X 104 MW, 1 X 126 MW
Operation: 1958-1942 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick facts: In 1956, Savannah Electric began construction on Port Wentworth power plant on the Savannah River near Port Wentworth’s city center. Unit-1 went commercial on 1 Jul 1958. It was later renamed Plant Kraft after Harold W Kraft, one-time plant manager at Port Wentworth and later VP of Power Supply & System Operations at Savannah Electric. In Jan 2013, Georgia Power announced that Kraft 1-3 were among the coal-fired units that would be retired in 2015. Unit-4, which was designed to burn HFO or natural gas, was also closed. The last two units went offline in Oct 2015. In Mar 2016, the company said it was planning to donate the plant property to the Georgia Ports Authority for redevelopment. The boilers were imploded on 11 Mar 2017.

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Power Co
Posted 8 Jan 2012

McDonough
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 270 MW
Operation: 1963-1964 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: McDonough is on a 315ac acre plot on the north side of the Chattahoochee River near Smyrna. The stack is 850ft tall. Plant Atkinson, now demolished, was at the same site. The plant is named after Jack McDonough, who became Georgia Power’s sixth president in 1957. Both units were retired after a new 800-MW CCGT plant went online at the site in 2011.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Posted 8 Feb 2012

Scherer
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 4 X 891 MW
Operation: 1982-1989
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SCS, Georgia Power
Quick facts: Plant Scherer was built on a 12,000ac site on Lake Juliette in Monroe Co. The $2.1bn plant is named for Robert W Scherer, former chairman and CEO of Georgia Power. The project is jointly-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp, Florida Power& Light, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), Gulf Power, JEA, and Dalton Utilities. Scherer is connected to the local 500kV grid. Full-load coal burn is about 1,288t/hr. The cooling towers are 530ft tall and 400ft in diameter at the base. Each stack is 1,000ft tall.

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Power Co
Posted 8 Jan 2012

Wansley
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 865 MW
Operation: 1976-1978
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Daniel, SCS
Quick facts: This facility was named for Hal B Wansley, former senior vice president of Georgia Power, and is jointly owned with Oglethorpe Power Corp, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities. The site comprises 5,200ac in Heard and Carroll counties. With both units at full load, Plant Wansley burns 4-5mn tpy of coal. Since operation, the plant has been updated with a digital boiler control system, low NOx burners and SCR. The stack is 1,000ft tall. Wansley was built out with three large CCGT blocks. The plant has two switchyards, one at 500kV and the second at 230kV.

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Power Co
Posted 13 May 2002

Yates
Location: GA
Operator: Georgia Power Co
Configuration: 3 X 123.5, 2 X 156.3, (ret) 2 X 403.8 MW
Operation: 1950-1974
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Plant Yates was the first plant built during a huge construction program launched by Georgia Power after World War II. When the first phase was completed in 1952, Yates was the largest thermal power plant in Georgia. The site comprises nearly 2,400ac on the Chattahoochee River. Plant namesake Eugene A Yates designed and built railroad tunnels in New York City before coming to Alabama Power as chief engineer in 1912. He was the architect of the interconnection of the utilities that eventually became Southern Company. In 1947, Yates was named the first president of Southern Company. Units 1-5 were closed in Apr 2015 and Units 6&7 were switched to natural gas fuel.

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Power Co
Posted 8 Jan 2012

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 14-Mar-2017

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