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Kemper County energy facility delayed until Dec. 31; cost increased by $25 mil

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

As work toward the completion of the Kemper County energy facility moves forward, Southern Company has filed new documents saying the plant will not be fully operational until Dec. 31.

The delay adds another month to its expected completion date in order to give crews more time to get the second gasifier up and running.

A statement was released Friday, saying in part:

"The one-month extension is needed because on Wednesday, Nov. 2, Mississippi Power determined a maintenance outage on gasifier A, one of the facility’s two gasifiers, was needed to make improvements to the ash removal systems. This maintenance to gasifier A follows six weeks of successful syngas production including generation of the plant’s first electricity with syngas. During the outage for gasifier A, the company plans to bring gasifier B online in order to implement the necessary testing ahead of the production of electricity with syngas."

The delay adds another $25 million to the cost of the plant, which will be paid by Southern Company and Mississippi Power; not by customers.

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