(Updates with company confirmation, detail)
April 4 (Reuters) - Southern Co's largest utility unit, Georgia Power, confirmed that an explosion occurred on Thursday afternoon at the 3,166-megawatt Plant Bowen coal-fired station in Bartow County, northwest of Atlanta.
The company said the explosion took place at Bowen Unit 2, which was being shut for maintenance work, according to a post on Twitter.
The company reported four minor injuries, with one person treated at a local hospital.
An investigation of the explosion was underway.
Plant Bowen is one of Southern Co's largest fossil-fueled power plants.
Earlier this year, Georgia Power told state regulators it wanted to shut a small oil-fired unit at Plant Bowen and to install two baghouses at Bowen Units 3 and 4, along with other pollution control equipment at all four Bowen units to comply with stricter federal air emission standards.
(Reporting by Eileen O'Grady in Houston. Editing by Andre Grenon and Bob Burgdorfer) Keywords: UTILITIES SOUTHERN/BOWEN
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