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Kemper County Start Date Pushed Back Another Month

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The first-of-its-kind Kemper County gasification facility will not be ready for commercial operations for another month, Mississippi Power announced.

The latest schedule change, which pushes the opening date to the end of May 2017, is due to repairs and adjustments for a particulate control device and sour water and ash removal systems. The delay will also involve restarting both gasifiers and achieving integrated operations of all plant systems to sustain the production of electricity from syngas.

The current delay will add $38 million to the development costs, which have soared from below $3 billion to over $7.1 billion. The project is also years behind schedule.

A tubing leak caused the facility’s last delay in March.