This is a guest post by Dan Zegart of the Climate Investigations Center
With builder Southern Company still promising that the Kemper power plant will go online soon, a group of key engineers and managers who work on the plant's so-far-inoperable gasifier has left the company.
Earlier this month, Southern Company posted a cluster of want ads on its web site for a “gasification owner,” a “refinery technician-mechanic,” a “refinery technician-entry level,” and a “gasification technician.”
Those four positions are located at the gasification island, home to the patented TRIG technology developed by Southern Company and Kellogg Brown & Root that is supposed to turn lignite coal from an adjacent mine into a cleaner burning syngas to produce electricity. The project's twin gasifiers, however, have been troubled by frequent shutdowns and lengthy repairs.