MS Power pushes back Kemper plant in-service date, adds $43M to price tag

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Power is postponing the in-service date of the Kemper County lignite plant until October 31. The one month extension was announced Monday. 
Along with that change comes a revised cost estimate for the project, an additional $43 million.

The additional costs include schedule extension and the estimate to complete the remaining commissioning activities and bring the plant fully online. Specifically, the testing for the gas cleanup area.

That additional $43 million will not be paid by Mississippi Power customers, but rather is the responsibility of Mississippi Power and Southern Company.

Mississippi Power Spokesperson Cindy Duvall said they're making great progress and feel confident about the work going on at the site.

"Just one month ago we reached the most significant milestone to date when we made syngas from lignite, which validated the TRIG technology works on a commercial scale," Duvall said Monday. "We are deliberate in our approach to ensure we bring the remainder of Kemper online safely for the benefit of our customers and employees."

The power company released this statement Monday afternoon:

Mississippi Power continues making progress on the completion of the Kemper County energy facility. In July, the project reached its most significant milestone to date when it converted lignite to syngas.

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