MS Power sets new Kemper in-service date, adds $70M to price tag

MS Power sets new Kemper in-service date, adds $70M to price tag

KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Power hopes to have its Kemper County energy facility fully operational by April 30, the company announced Monday.

This newest time frame comes after the plant missed its mid-March in-service date because of repairs that had to be made to one of its syngas coolers. The company said this most recent delay will add about $70 million to the project's total price tag. Mississippi Power and its parent company, Southern Company, will absorb these costs, and they will not be passed on to ratepayers.

The project was originally estimated to cost around $3 billion. The price tag now tops $7 billion, but company spokesman Jeff Shepard said only $4.2 billion of that is eligible for recovery from customers.

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