Major environmental components delivered to Kemper County energy facility as construction nears peak activity
Gulfport, Miss. - As Mississippi Power enters peak construction at its state-of-the-art Kemper County energy facility, another heavy haul of environmental emission controls equipment began its trip to the plant site this morning.
Weighing over 1 million pounds each, the first two of four Particulate Control Devices (PCDs) are travelling approximately 70 miles from Bigbee Valley, Miss., to the plant site. The other two PCDs are scheduled to be delivered to the site next week.
The PCD filters remove any remaining particulates after locally mined lignite is gasified, producing a cleaner product and further reducing the plant's environmental footprint.
"These components will play a vital role in delivering clean, safe, made-in-Mississippi energy to Mississippi Power customers," said Tommy Anderson, vice president of generation development. "We're less than 16 months from commercial operation and this facility will utilize the cleanest technology available."
The delivery of this equipment requires a skilled, coordinated effort between the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Kemper County Sheriff's Department, the City of DeKalb, Tennessee Valley Authority, 4-County Electric Power Association, East Mississippi Electric Power Association, Burkhalter Rigging and Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company.
More than 3,000 workers are currently on-site. Nearly 300 companies from across Mississippi have contributed manpower, services or products to the project.
The project, which is nearly 75 percent complete, is on schedule to be completed by May 2014. Mississippi Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, serves approximately 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties with rates below the national average.
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