Lignite Plant Tour

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

An enormous jigsaw puzzle is being put together in Kemper County.

With about a year and a half left on the construction schedule, Southern Company officials say work on the lignite coal plant is going well.

"2012 is a year where all the structures will be built," says construction manager Dave Empfield, "next year we'll be tying all the piping and electrical systems together, with the majority of construction finishing up late summer of next year."

An instant economy has popped up along Highway 493 leading up to the plant site, including companies from as far away as Pennsylvania.

On site, several local companies have been able to team up with Mississippi Power to boost business as well.

"We have about 1900 craftsmen on site, of that 1900 about half are from Mississippi," says Empfield, "we currently have 16 general contractors, 25 sub contractors on site, and have worked about 3 million hours since the project started."

Workers we ran into say they are happy to have a steady job, something that is not easy to come by during these economic times.

Mississippi Power still hopes to have the plant fully online in May 2014.


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