Kemper Coal-gasification Plant Generates Power
Once online, the facility in Gulfport will be the newest large-scale U.S. power plant using integrated gasification combined cycle (ICGG) technology. “The generation of electricity using syngas is just the latest example of our company’s commitment to deliver on our promise that Kemper will provide Mississippi Power customers with safe, reliable energy for decades to come,” Mississippi Power Chairman, President and CEO Anthony Wilson said. “Achieving this latest milestone means that we are implementing innovative 21st-century technology right here in Mississippi.”
In the many years the 582-megawatt Kemper has been under development, it has been riddled with growing cost problems, including equipment repairs, as well as opposition issues. Earlier this year, Southern Co.—parent company of Mississippi Power—estimated the price tag at about $7 billion. One initial cost estimate was about $2.8 billion.