Second Kemper County Gasifier Generates Electricity

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The lengthy development of the Kemper County energy facility took another step forward with the announcement of electricity generated in the second gasifier.

The announcement from Mississippi Power follows the announcement of electricity generated in the facility’s first gasifier last month.

“This is a substantial step forward for the project,” said Mississippi Power chairman, president and CEO Anthony L. Wilson. “We are now closer to integrating all of the systems at the facility to deliver on our mission to provide clean, reliable energy for our customers. I cannot be happier with this step in the process.”

Earlier this month, the utility announced it had also completed maintenance on the first gasifier at the plant.

The remaining milestones that need to be completed before the facility can enter service include successful carbon capture and integration of all systems necessary for both combustion turbines to simultaneously generate electricity with syngas.

Kemper County is now expected to enter service by December 31.

The facility has been plagued by numerous delays and cost overruns throughout its development. Originally budgeted at $2.9 billion, the final development costs are expected to be just under $7 billion. It’s also two years behind schedule, with the last delay announced last month.

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