Southport’s new slag furnace ‘could be a game-changer’ for coal-fired power station
Southport, Mississippi, is poised to have its first coal-burning furnace installed at the site of the Southport Slag &Garage, a power plant that began operation in 2013.
The furnace is located on the former site of a defunct industrial site, and is the centerpiece of a $1.3 billion redevelopment project to be completed by 2021.
Southport Mayor John E. Daugherty announced the construction of the furnace in a speech on Tuesday, as well as the installation of a solar thermal system to power the facility, which will be called Slag Valley Champs and will use solar power.
SouthPort was awarded $2.7 million for the project, which is expected to create a $500 million economic boost for the area.
The project is part of a larger plan by the U.S. Department of Energy to replace the power plants at Southport with renewable energy.
The Southport Power Plant will be powered by renewable energy sources, including solar thermal.
SouthPORT’s Slag Furnace project was developed by the South Port Power Company (SPP), a joint venture between the city and Southport Electric.
South Port’s slag and other coal-generated materials were used in the project’s construction, said Erika Smith, a Southport spokeswoman.
Smith added that the slag is used for the construction and maintenance of the site.
“We are a regional power provider, so this will bring economic benefit to our residents, businesses and residents of the surrounding area,” Smith said.
The slag pit will be surrounded by a new solar thermal plant that will be used to generate electricity for the power plant.
The power plant is expected take up to 20 years to complete.
The facility is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2021.
The $1 billion project includes the construction, operation and maintenance, which was funded by federal and state tax credits.
The federal credits are intended to encourage economic development in the area, and the South Pointe development is part in that effort, Smith said in an email.
South Pointy is expected be the largest power plant in Mississippi, with a projected capacity of more than 20 megawatts.
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