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Presley pressing utilities to extend small business incentives

JACKSON — In a series of letters sent to the heads of major Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is calling for the companies to extend the sign-up periods for new small businesses who want to take advantage of the companies’ small business incentive programs. Some utilities’ programs are set to expire with a take-service ...

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Horizon Energy sees 300 percent production increase from Texas well

GULFPORT — Horizon Energy Corporation’s workover and stimulation operation at the Holmes Oil Unit Number 1 in Cherokee County, Texas, has increased production 300 percent since the beginning of the project. “This operation is still coming out of initial production and we are very encouraged at the prospects going forward,” said Robert Bludorn, president and CEO of Gulfport-based Horizon Energy. ...

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Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

KEMPER 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 ...

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Horizon 'optimistic' after testing in Texas shows oil, gas

GULFPORT — Horizon Energy Corporation is “optimistic” after fracture stimulation testing at the Holmes Oil Unit Number 1 in Cherokee County, Texas. Swabbing procedures have confirmed the presence of oil and gas in sufficient quantities to warrant scheduling production. A workover rig will arrive onsite within the next two weeks to put pump equipment back into the well and the ...

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Judge rules against MDA's regulations on offshore leases

GULF OF MEXICO — A Hinds County judge says the state must write a better economic impact statement on proposed offshore natural gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound before it can enact rules to lease areas that could be drilled. “A cursory reading of the EIS finds that it is severely lacking in the requirements,” Chancery ...

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Trustee wants to hire Maryland firm to sell frac sand facility, mine

PICAYUNE — Richard W. Cryar, as Chapter 11 trustee for Alliance Consulting Group, LLC, has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to hire Heritage Equity Partners (HEP) of Easton, Md., to seek a buyer for a recently built frac sand dry processing plant in conjunction with a nearby wet sand mine. Both ...

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MEI tour aims at landing chemical manufacturers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Energy Institute, partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority and seven local economic development organizations, recently led a tour from the Gulf Coast to the Delta evaluating potential sites for chemical manufacturing facilities. The MEI-led tour signaled the start of a marketing effort the organization hopes will lead to chemical manufacturing companies locating operations in the state. ...

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Ground broken on first PSC-funded natural gas expansion project

What does natural gas and economic development have in common? Job creation, says the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Officials have broken ground on one of the first natural gas expansion projects funded by the PSC’s economic development initiative. With the groundbreaking, Attala Industrial Park in Kosciusko will become one of the first beneficiaries of the Commission-approved economic development fund, receiving ...

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Court rules for Exxon in property dispute involving alligators

WILKINSON COUNTY — A divided Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that Exxon Mobil Corp. can’t be held liable for the presence of alligators at a waste site it owns in Wilkinson County. The oil giant had been sued by a couple — Tom and Consandra Christmas — who had planned to build a house on an adjoining parcel. However, the ...

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Denault: Future is bright for Coast, natural gas

One utility executive sees an opportunity along the Gulf Coast, and believes his company is going to ride that wave perhaps for an entire decade. Entergy Corp. CEO Leo Denault is predicting above-average growth in the next five to 10 years, thanks to an industrial boom along the Gulf Coast powered by low natural gas prices. “We see a growing ...

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