Moselle power plant enhancement project nears completion

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A project to enhance and improve efficiency at the South Mississippi Electric Power Plant in Moselle is nearing completion.

The project involves the conversion of two of the plants original steam cycle units to combined cycle operation. This involves the installation of new combine turbines, heat recovery steam generators, and generator step transformers.

The enhancements will make the plant 35% more efficient and add 150-megawatts of new capacity.

The first of the units went into commercial operation in May and second is expected to be operational in early November.

SMEPA General Manager Jim Compton says the renovations to the units will allow them to provide cheaper power than they could buy anywhere else.

"I can't promise there will be a rate decrease, but what we will do is lower the increase in power cost that people are expecting in the next several years," said Compton. 'This is a 2.35-million-dollar investment, but it will save money each and every day over the next 30-years.

The Moselle plant provides power to approximately 143,000 homes.

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