Pictured is an aerial view of the plant. Officials with SaskPower, a Canadian power company which already has a similar facility in operation, toured the Kemper County lignite coal gasification power plant on March 10 along with local Canadian government officials. Pilot startup burners were successfully tested at Kemper two weeks ago, critical components of the gasification process. From left to right are: Corwyn Bruce, SaskPower; Herb Cox and Fred Bradshaw of the local Canadian government; and Ian Yeates of SaskPower. The $6 billion Kemper plant is scheduled to open in the first half of 2016. The plant currently employs about 2,500 people in three shifts and at its peak employed about 5,000.