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The Pascagoula Refinery, Mississippi’s largest energy asset, announced today the beginning of commercial production of the base oil project, a $1.4 billion addition to the Refinery. The base oil plant will produce about 25,000 barrels per day of lubricant oils that will supply customers in Europe, Latin America, and eastern U.S. For more details, click [...]
Mississippi Power’s Kemper County coal plant has entered a phase of equipment testing in anticipation of startup in early 2015. The company has begun hiring permanent employees to run the facility. The plant will use lignite coal indigenous to Mississippi, and its carbon capture technology is groundbreaking for not only the U.S. coal industry but [...]
Fact: Mississippi’s energy and advanced manufacturing sectors need more skilled workers to accommodate future growth, and aggressive economic growth goals require more robust, sector-specific workforce development. These sectors need a variety of skilled tradesmen such as welders, industrial technicians, machinists, electrical engineering technicians, linemen, utility technicians, and engineers. For a significant portion of high-demand skills, [...]
The Brookings Institute, a non-profit, independent research organization, recently released an analysis of workforce and employment data. Among many findings, several mirror trends we are seeing today in Mississippi and regional markets, including the overriding argument that the demand for workers with high STEM skills is growing faster than that for those with any other [...]
When looking towards Mississippi’s economic future, water supply should be considered a development tool. The life-sustaining resource is vital in energy production, manufacturing, and agriculture, and will always be a precious commodity. Moreover, with sound management and planning, abundant water can be a major competitive advantage for Mississippi in the economic development arena, and although [...]
Overall, experts predict that the total US job market will grow by 11% between 2012 and 2022. In comparison, experts project that the energy job market alone will grow by over 16%. However, a lack of awareness of these energy and advanced manufacturing career opportunities could continue to result in a shortage of workers for [...]
A private equity firm’s pledge to invest up to $400 million in Halcón Resources’ deep drilling in Mississippi and Louisiana could lead to a doubling of Halcón’s 2015 operations in the region. Read more about the big TMS investment at the Mississippi Business Journal.
The Mississippi Energy Institute, partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority and seven local economic development organizations, led a tour this week from the Gulf Coast to the Delta evaluating potential sites for chemical manufacturing facilities. The MEI-led tour signaled the start of a marketing effort the organization hopes will lead to chemical manufacturing companies locating [...]
On June 2, the EPA announced new regulations aimed at CO2 emissions from existing power plants. In this unprecedented proposal, the EPA is attempting to use authority under the 111(d) section of the Clean Air Act to set a different emissions target and standard for each state. Although much of the conversation questions whether or [...]