Kemper County Gasifier Project Hit With One More Delay

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By Editors of Power Engineering

With less than a month to go before the Kemper County energy facility was set to go into service, Mississippi Power announced another delay in operations.

The new start date is sometime during January 2017. The utility had hoped to get Kemper County operational by December 31.

The utility said the delay was necessary for maintenance of the plant’s gas clean-up system and final readiness for gasifier A. Remaining work also includes the resumption of lignite gasification on both gasifiers and integration of the two gasifiers to ensure both combustion turbines can simultaneously generate electricity.

Mississippi Power expects delays to increase the cost of the facility by $25 million to $35 million per month.  

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.

Mississippi Power successfully generated electricity in both gasifiers last month.

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