South Korean company signs first letter of intent to explore Kemper IGCC technology

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Generation Technologies has signed a letter of intent with South Korean company Alps Energy and Kellogg, Brown & Root, LLC (KBR) to evaluate the deployment of the company’s proprietary coal gasification technology at the new, 1,000-megawatt (MW) Alps Energy power plant in the Saemangeum Industry & Research Area in South Korea.

The agreement underscores the significant international interest in Transport Integrated Gasification – or TRIG™ – the 21st century coal technology at the center of Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility.

The technology was jointly developed by Southern Company and KBR, TRIG™ and is designed to generate electricity from low-rank coal with resulting carbon emissions better than a similarly sized natural gas plant. At least 65 percent of the Kemper project’s carbon emissions are expected to be captured and repurposed through enhanced oil recovery, increasing domestic oil production. 

The letter of intent was announced following a visit this week to the Kemper County energy facility involving Southern Company, Alps Energy, KBR and Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency ( leadership.

The 582-MW Kemper County energy facility will become the first power plant to use TRIG™ technology upon its anticipated completion in 2016.