Euharlee, Georgia, United States
Plant Bowen is located just outside of Euharlee, Georgia and is one the largest coal-fired power plants in North America at over 3,200 megawatts. Plant Bowen began commercially operating in 1975 and is bordered on two sides by the Etowah River and the Euharlee Creek. This plant is made up of four units which can produce enough energy to power more than 1.9 million homes annually. Plant Bowen has four cooling towers, which are 381 feet tall and 318 feet in diameter, which can cool 1,100,000 gallons of water per minute. Plant Bowen also has two smokestacks, which are 1,001 feet tall, whose exhaust gases are closely monitored to comply with air quality regulations. Coal for this plant comes from Eastern Kentucky and is delivered using unit coal trains that are sometimes up to 120 cars long.
In late 2017 and early 2018, Portland Bolt manufactured anchor bolts needed for work being done at the plant. The anchor rods were 1-1/2” diameter and threaded on each end. There were also 1-1/2” diameter fully threaded rods required, which were cut to 21” in length. All of the anchor rods were ASTM A307A and all of the hardware required needed to be domestically manufactured in the USA. In addition, 1-1/2” diameter domestic heavy hex coupling nuts were required to be used with the thread rods. Since Portland Bolt specializes in manufacturing domestically made fasteners, the anchor bolt requirement was delivered on site as required.