KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - On Wednesday, Mississippi Power announced a major milestone. After years of research and work, the company generated electricity by clean syngas made from Mississippi lignite.
Using a clean syngas and natural gas combo, the achievement was done at the Kemper County energy facility.
According to a release sent out by the company, making electricity from syngas, 'requires the integrated operation of the plant's gas cleanup system and associated gasifier, which has been operating since the middle of September'. Clean syngas is then sent to natural gas operated combustion turbine electric generators.
"After decades of research and years of hard work at the site, we are thrilled that the Kemper County energy facility, the world's most advanced coal plant, has generated electricity using syngas," said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. "The technology at the heart of the first-of-its-kind facility provides a way forward for energy companies in the U.S. and around the world to cleanly generate electricity using an affordable and abundant resource."
The remainder of the project - which includes 'production of electricity by the project's second gasifier, operating both combustion turbines using all syngas, followed by complete integration of the project's systems leading to full commercial operation' - is expected to be operational by Nov. 30, 2016.