Full Kemper County Gasification Service Delayed by Another Month

By Editors of Power Engineering

Mississippi Power announced the Kemper County energy facility, which was expected to enter into full service by the end of January, is now expected to enter service in late February.

Though the company successfully integrated operations of both gasifiers – which was said to have been the last major milestone before full operations – a one-week outage is now planned for repairs and modifications to ensure the plant can achieve sustained operations.

This delay increases the cost of the plant by $51 million. Though originally budgeted at $2.9 billion, expenses on the first-of-its-kind syngas facility have surpassed $7 billion.

Mississippi Power also announced it will update its economic viability analysis of Kemper County, due to a revised estimate of ongoing operating costs and a decrease in its forecast of long-term projected natural gas costs.