30 Jun '17, 4pm

The Three Factors That Doomed Kemper County IGCC

The Three Factors That Doomed Kemper County IGCC

When its history is written, the Kemper County clean coal plant in Mississippi might be seen in the same light as a transatlantic liner at the dawn of the jet age: a gallant piece of engineering to be sure, but ultimately irrelevant. The first page of the 582-megawatt integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant’s history was written 28 June. That was when Southern Company and its Mississippi Power business unit said they would suspend efforts to start up part of the power plant intended to convert lignite into synthetic gas. Once converted, the gas would be combusted to drive turbine generators in a fairly conventional “combined cycle” part of the plant. Complex technology was one of three critical factors dogging the IGCC. Indeed, that part of the plant has been burning natural gas for months to generate electricity. In late June, the companies said they expect it...

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