KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The in-service date for Mississippi Power's lignite plant in Kemper County has been pushed back another month, according to a company spokesman. The plant is now scheduled to be fully online by Nov. 30, 2016.
The estimated cost of the project also increased by $33 million, which brings the total cost to $6.9 billion. According to Mississippi Power, the additional costs related to the project will not be paid by customers.
Construction on the plant is way behind schedule, and its cost is billions more than what Mississippi Power originally predicted.
Company officials say the latest delay will allow time to prepare both of the plant's gasifiers for the production of electricity using syngas.
The Kemper County plant first went online in August of 2014, using natural gas to produce power for thousands of customers.