Mississippi Power generates electricity from second gasifier

Southern (NYSE:SO) utility Mississippi Power said Nov. 23 that it has now generated electricity from its second gasifier at the Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) plant.

The power was generated using synthesis gas, or syngas, from locally-mined lignite coal. In October, the company had announced that power had been generated at the first of the facility’s two gasifiers.

The utility has been coping with various cost overruns and project delays at the 580-MW advanced coal gasification power plant that will also utilize carbon capture and storage. Nevertheless the company said that full operation of the plant is within sights.

“This is a substantial step forward for the project,” said Mississippi Power Chairman, President and CEO Anthony L. Wilson. “We are now closer to integrating all of the systems at the facility to deliver on our mission to provide clean, reliable energy for our customers. I cannot be happier with this step in the process.”

The company announced earlier this month it was completing maintenance on the first gasifier at the plant, which followed six weeks of successful syngas production including generation of the plant’s first electricity using syngas.

The remaining major milestones for the IGCC include successful carbon capture and integration of all systems necessary for both combustion turbines to simultaneously generate electricity with syngas. The expected date for the plant to be placed in service is Dec. 31.

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