Mississippi has 5 billion tons of minable lignite coal, which can support of number of long-term major energy projects.
When used in an environmentally responsible manner, coal can serve as a reliable fuel source for future generations.
The abundance and affordability of coal means electricity prices remain more affordable, and positions Mississippi as an attractive place to establish or expand future business operations.
The emergence of gasification technologies for conversion of lignite into liquid fuels bodes well for Mississippi. In addition, petroleum coke (petcoke) from Gulf Coast refineries (including the Chevron Pascagoula refinery) provides a potential economic feedstock for gasification and conversion into methanol and building block chemicals.
By moving coal plants to cleaner power production processes, in combination with gasification technology, Mississippi’s lignite coal may prove to be a significant opportunity for further development in the state.