Construction of coal-fired power plant close to halfway complete

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), on Sept. 13 said it has completed a major construction milestone at its Kemper County energy facility as plant construction nears the halfway mark. Installed was a section of the plant’s gasifier, which will be used to convert the plant’s fuel source, lignite, into a synthesis gas to generate electricity.

“Installation of the gasifier marks a pivotal point in the construction phase of our project and the advancement of 21st century coal technology,” said Mississippi Power Vice President of Generation Development Tommy Anderson.

Emission controls are built into the coal gasification process and the project will capture at least 65 percent of the carbon dioxide produced, Mississippi Power said.

Contract Fabricators Inc. (CFI) of Holly Springs, Miss., manufactured the first of two installed sections of the gasifier. Weighing approximately 550 tons, the gasifier is being lifted and installed by a 600-foot crane that was assembled on the plant site.

Commercial operation of the 582 MW facility is expected to begin May 2014.

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