More 21st Century Clean Coal Projects Nearing Completion

Posted by Steve Gates at 12:56 pm, January 10, 2013

This week we’ve already highlighted some of the new clean coal facilities that have begun commercial operations in the U.S. But it’s also important to note that other 21st Century clean coal facilities are nearing completion as well.  In fact, a new Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant is scheduled to open in Indiana this year, and Mississippi Power’s Kemper Plant (also IGCC) is nearly 75 percent complete.

Mississippi Power announced yesterday that they are delivering the first two of four Particulate Control Devices which, when operational, will remove any remaining particulates after locally mined coal is gasified, producing cleaner electricity 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.”

In six months, the facility will begin initial start-up activities for the combined cycle portion of the plant, which will generate the electricity.  Nearly 12,000 direct and indirect jobs are being created during construction and more than 1,000 direct and indirect permanent positions once the facility opens. Nearly 300 Mississippi companies have a significant role in the construction of the project, which is delivering a tremendous economic boost to the state of Mississippi.

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