Costs Continue to Mount at Kemper Coal-Gasification Project in Mississippi

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Steve Wilson for Watchdog.org:Mississippi Power announced Friday the Kemper Project coal gasification power plant will cost an additional $18 million and could be delayed even further. The total estimated cost of the plant now stands at $6.6 billion.More delays — which the company says will add up to $25 million to $35 million per month if the plant is delayed past Aug. 31 — could be possible as the company reported continuing problems with the two-part refractory coating on the inside of the gasifer, which converts lignite coal mined on site into a natural gas-like substance called synthesis gas. The refractory coating protects the metal shell of the gasifier from contact with the 1,800-degree temperatures inside the vessel, which could cause a breach and a possible explosion.The company says it “continued to conduct repairs and modifications to the refractory lining inside each of the gasifiers and to inspect and evaluate the need for additional refractory work, which could impact the projected in-service date and/or the related cost estimate.” The company said the status updates for the plant’s two gasifiers would be updated in a forthcoming 8-K statement due later this month.Last week, in a “work session” meeting, independent monitors hired by the Mississippi Public Service Commission detailed issues with the gasifier found during a cold fire test last March in which sand, rather than lignite coal, was circulated in one of the gasifiers while the burners were lit off. The refractory coating suffered damage during the test in two locations and had to be replaced. The sand and gas eroded the hard-faced layer of the refractory and tunneled through cracks into the softer, secondary layer, a phenomena known as rat holing.The company released the new cost estimate via an 8-K statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Southern Company has to file progress reports with the PSC, and the February report marked the seventh consecutive month with a cost increase. The plant was originally supposed to open in May 2014 and will be more than two years behind schedule when it comes online.The company cannot seek further rate increases to generate revenue beyond a $2.88 billion cap that was part of an agreement reached with the PSC to limit the passage of costs to the utility’s 187,000 customers in south Mississippi.Kemper Project costs increase by $18 million Costs Continue to Mount at Kemper Coal-Gasification Project in Mississippilast_img read more

Capoue injury boost for Spurs

first_imgTottenham have received a boost with the news that midfielder Etienne Capoue will only be sidelined for four weeks because of an injury he suffered against Arsenal on Sunday. A statement on Tottenham’s website read: “Etienne Capoue has this morning (Monday) undergone an MRI scan which has revealed the midfielder suffered an ankle sprain against Arsenal on Sunday. “The recent signing from Toulouse was injured after 72 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and was immediately taken to hospital to consult with a foot and ankle specialist. “Early indications suggest the France international will be unavailable for a period of four weeks.” Villas-Boas lost defensive midfielder Sandro for the second half of last season with a serious knee injury and Villas-Boas had feared he would be without 25-year-old Capoue for a similar length of time. Should Capoue’s rehabilitation go according to plan, the £8.5million signing will miss just three matches, with his return expected to come against Chelsea on September 28. Given the injury is only a sprain, Villas-Boas is unlikely to dip in to the market for a replacement, especially as he has already brought in seven new players this summer. Sandro started Tottenham’s last two games on the bench, but he is likely to be drafted in to the starting XI for the next game against Norwich on September 14. Press Associationcenter_img Capoue had to be carried off on a stretcher after 72 minutes of the north London derby following a tackle from Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla. Manager Andre Villas-Boas feared the summer signing from Toulouse had broken his fibula, but Spurs announced on Monday afternoon that the Frenchman had only suffered a sprained ankle. last_img read more