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Kemper County energy facility schedule update

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Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co., continues making progress on the completion of the Kemper County energy facility.

Last month, the project reached its biggest milestone to date when it generated electricity using syngas from Mississippi lignite.

As the company continues start-up and commissioning activities at Kemper, Mississippi Power today announced it is revising the facility's scheduled in-service date to 31 December 2016.

The company has reported that the one-month extension is needed because on 2 November Mississippi Power determined a maintenance outage on gasifier A, one of the facility's two gasifiers, was needed to make improvements to the ash removal systems. This maintenance to gasifier A follows six weeks of successful syngas production including generation of the plant's first electricity with syngas. During the outage for gasifier A, the company plans to bring gasifier B online in order to implement the necessary testing ahead of the production of electricity with syngas.

The remaining schedule is an indication of the time expected to achieve production of electricity using gasifier B, complete outage activities on gasifier A and resume electricity production on gasifier A, as well as to complete the integration of all systems necessary for both combustion turbines to simultaneously generate electricity with syngas.

The company also revised its cost estimate subject to the cost cap for the Kemper project – since the last monthly report to the Mississippi Public Service Commission – to include an additional US$25 million related to the schedule extension. All of those costs will be paid by Southern Co. and Mississippi Power and not by Mississippi Power customers.

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