Secretary of Energy tours Kemper County CCS power plant

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined an international delegation of government and industry leaders to tour the Kemper County energy facility and see firsthand the clean coal technology under construction in southeast Mississippi.

During the visit, international energy ministry officials representing more than a half dozen countries discussed opportunities to leverage the facility’s technology to cleanly and efficiently meet their nations’ energy needs.

The event followed the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting in Washington, D.C., where the Kemper project was endorsed by the CSLF and added to its portfolio of pioneering activities.

“Southern Co. is, in many ways, leading all towards a 21st century generation portfolio,” said Moniz.

There are currently 6,000 workers onsite and more than 480 Mississippi companies involved in the Kemper project. Most recently the project met major milestones by testing the power generation portion of the plant and connection of its largest electric transmission lines. The facility is scheduled to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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