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  • Katrina 2005-2015
  • Katrina 2005-2015
  • Economic Benefits

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    The Kemper County energy facility is built by Mississippians, for Mississippians and it is having a major positive impact on the state's economy, creating thousands of jobs.

    The project has partnered with 560 Mississippi companies — including contractors, suppliers and vendors — with contracts worth more than $2 billion.

    At peak construction, nearly 12,000 direct and indirect jobs were created, including 6,000 direct construction jobs.

    Once operational, approximately 500 permanent jobs will be created at the plant and adjacent lignite mine. These jobs will increase Mississippi income by approximately $42 million in the first year of operation, while royalty payments related to the mine and oil recovery will total approximately $49 million in income. A total of approximately 1,300 direct and indirect jobs are expected with a payroll of approximately $79 million.

    Tax Revenues

    The estimated state and local tax impact is approximately $230 million in the six years since construction began. Once operational, more than $40 million annually will be generated in ongoing local and state taxes.

    Supporting Mississippi's Oil Industry

    The location of the Kemper County plant and its ability to capture carbon dioxide will help expand Mississippi and American energy supplies through enhanced oil recovery efforts.

    Using carbon dioxide from Kemper will increase U.S. oil output by 2 million barrels per year, playing an important role in reducing Mississippi's and America's use of foreign oil and keeping oil revenue at home rather than sending it overseas.