The third and final of Georgia Power’s 840 MW natural gas combined-cycle units at Plant McDonough-Atkinson in Smyrna, Ga., became operational Oct. 28. The three units are capable of producing more than five times the electricity of the coal units that were replaced.
Georgia Power placed the first natural gas unit on-line at the plant in December 2011, and the second in April 2012. Removal of the historic stack at the plant has begun and will be complete by June 2013.
The natural gas combined-cycle units will help meet growing electricity needs in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia and will also reduce emissions and help improve air quality in Metro Atlanta.
With the addition of the third natural gas unit, the new units at Plant McDonough-Atkinson are capable of producing in excess of 2,500 MWs, enough energy to power 625,000 homes. At the height of construction, more than 2,000 contract and construction workers were involved in building the new units.
Georgia Power serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties and is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company