New Mississippi Power CEO faces tough questions

GULFPORT — Ten days after the announcement that G. Edison Holland Jr. was elected the new president and CEO of Mississippi Power, the Public Service Commission is questioning his conflicting statements on cost overruns at the Kemper power plant and independent monitors at the site question whether the plant can fire up on schedule.

The April report by Burns and Roe Enterprises, an independent monitor at the Kemper County plant, says installation of piping is the chief concern at the construction site in Kemper County.

“From the fabrication, delivery, installation, supporting, welding and ultimately testing of piping systems, the project continues to fall further and further behind the project schedule,” the report says. The delays “will cause a tremendous ‘stacking of trades’ effect to the project.”

Sun Herald