MS Power pushes back in-service date for Kemper Co. plant, adds $51M to price tag

MS Power pushes back in-service date for Kemper Co. plant, adds $51M to price tag

KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Power has again pushed back the in-service date for its more than $7 billion Kemper County lignite plant.

The power company said Tuesday it now expects to have the plant running at full capacity in late February. The company has also added an estimated $51 million to the power plant's price tag.

In November 2016, Mississippi Power set a January 2017 deadline to have the Kemper plant up and running.

In a report filed with the Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday, the power company said both of the plant's gasifiers have been producing electricity from syngas since Sunday, but it needs about a week to make repairs to "improve the plant's ability to achieve sustained operations."

Mississippi Power estimates any extension of the in-service date past Feb. 28 could add around $25 million to $35 million a month to the total cost of the project.

The increased costs will be paid by Mississippi Power, not by its customers.

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