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Mississippi Power's conversion of plant nearly complete

GULFPORT — The last load of coal has arrived by barge at Plant Watson as Mississippi Power prepares to convert the plant to using strictly natural gas.

Mississippi Power had already started using natural gas and announced in August it would convert units 4 and 5 from coal to natural gas to most economically comply with new federal environmental regulations.

The company said the process would be complete by April 16.

The Sun Herald reports Plant Watson in Gulfport was the first Mississippi Power plant to use coal as a fuel source.

Company officials say the conversion to natural gas avoids the expense of environmental controls to meet new Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

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