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Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

Kemper-Update-Logo_rgbKEMPER COUNTY — Workers at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility successfully reached two major testing milestones: testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. The successful completion of the tests is an indication of continued progress on putting both pieces of equipment into service.

Recent testing of the combined cycle included successfully running the unit using natural gas to validate its ability to make electricity. When the plant is fully operational, the Kemper combined cycle will use synthesis gas, converted from lignite, to make electricity.

“This is a major accomplishment toward our goal of placing the combined cycle into service before the end of summer,” said Vice President of Generation Development John Huggins. “Employees on site have worked many hours to ensure safe and successful tests, and we’re proud of the hard work they’ve done to get us to this point.”

Another major test took place this summer associated with the plant’s two gasifiers.

Before the first gasifier heat-up can take place later this summer, pneumatic pressure testing had to be done. The tests ensure the safety of all of the gasifiers’ assembled parts, check for any leaks and ensure the gasifiers can handle the air and gas pressure of start-up. The gasifiers at Kemper are the core of the integrated gasification process, which will be used to convert lignite into synthesis gas. Both gasifiers were tested successfully in May and late June.

“We are committed to safely testing every piece of equipment on site and will continue to do so throughout the plant’s start-up phase,” continued Huggins. “It puts us one step closer to bringing this innovative, 21st century coal project online for our customers.”

The Kemper County energy facility will use innovative clean coal technology to deliver safe, reliable and made-in-Mississippi electricity to Mississippi Power customers. The 582-megawatt generating facility is scheduled to begin operation in 2015.

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