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Kemper plant should be in service by Jan. 31, Mississippi Power says

The estimated cost of the Kemper project is up to $6.98 billion.
The estimated cost of the Kemper project is up to $6.98 billion.

Mississippi Power Co. said Friday its Kemper power plant should be in service by the end of the month.

In its November report to the state Public Service Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mississippi Power said it expects the plant to be running using lignite coal by Jan. 31.

The company announced in December it expected the project to be in service during January, “and today’s filing indicates our expectations remain the same,” spokesman Jeff Shepard said.

“The schedule reflects the time needed to complete the integration of all systems necessary for both combustion turbines to simultaneously generate electricity with syngas.”

Mississippi Power also reported a cost increase of $34 million, which will be paid by Mississippi Power and Southern Co. and “not by Mississippi Power customers,” Shepard said.

That brings the estimated cost of the project to $6.98 billion. Mississippi Power and Southern Co. have paid about $2.6 billion of that amount, resulting in costs eligible for recovery by ratepayers of about $4.2 billion, Shepard said.

The next steps for the plant are the integrated operation of both gasifiers. If that does not occur by mid-January, further revision may be needed to the the in-service date and cost estimate, the company said.

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