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Media will tour Kemper Co. power plant on Thursday

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The plant will cost about $5.5 billion to build. That's almost double the initial estimate of $2.88 billion. The plant will cost about $5.5 billion to build. That's almost double the initial estimate of $2.88 billion.
KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

On Thursday, we will get a chance to see Mississippi Power's $5.5 billion investment. The company has invited WLOX to Kemper County so it can show off its new lignite plant.

We're told start-up testing is now underway at Mississippi Power's newest plant. This is when all of the pieces, parts and pipes connecting the project will be tested to ensure everything works correctly before the plant goes online.

As we've reported, the plant will cost about $5.5 billion to build. That's almost double the initial estimate of $2.88 billion.

Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland said nearly 5,000 contractors have been working to get the plant built, but the plant isn't expected to go online until sometime in the first half of 2015.

WLOX News reporter Danielle Thomas will be heading to Kemper County early Thursday morning for media day at the plant.

Do you have any questions you'd like Danielle to ask officials there? If so, write them on our WLOX Facebook page, and we will try to get you answers.

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