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Second Kemper gasifier produces syngas

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The Kemper County energy facility has starter production of syngas from its second gasifier, the plant owner, Southern Co., has announced.

“This is another exciting step toward commercial operation at Kemper,” said Anthony Wilson, President and CEO of Southern Co. subsidiary and Kemper plant operator, Mississippi Power. "Accomplishing this milestone on the second gasifier is key to the project's completion."

Syngas is produced from locally-mined lignite and is then used to produce electricity. The plant produced its fist syngas in July, using technology development by Southern Co., KBR and the US Department of Energy.

"The technology being deployed at the Kemper County energy facility is tremendously important and highlights the benefits of 21st century coal as part of the full portfolio of energy resources," said Southern Co. Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning.

"As the world watches the progress at Kemper, today's milestone serves as a testament to our employees and moves the facility closer toward full operation."

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