Turnipseed honored for Kemper real estate project

Turnipseed honored for Kemper real estate project

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Sharon Turnipseed accepts the Real Estate and Right-of-Way award at the 2015 SEE Conference in Hershey, Pa.

Sharon Turnipseed accepts the Real Estate and Right-of-Way award at the 2015 SEE Conference in Hershey, Pa.

Real Estate Agent Sharon Turnipseed recently was honored by the Southeastern Electric Exchange’s Real Estate and Right-of-Way Section for her work on the land acquisition portion of the Kemper Project.

Turnipseed received a 2015 SEE Industry Excellence Award for her project “Mississippi Lignite – The Kemper Plant’s 40 Year Fuel Source.”

“Although our Real Estate department is very knowledgeable in acquiring properties, there were many other aspects of owning a mine not initially considered on this project or not within the normal duties of the department,” Turnipseed said. “Things like a forestry management plan, an asset recovery plan, archaeological sites and proper handling of those sites and several others. Procedures and guidelines had to be developed to address these activities.”

The area of interest to be mined contains approximately 31,000 acres in Kemper County. An estimated 22,000 acres are needed to provide a 40-year fuel source for the plant. The first lignite was severed at Liberty Mine in June 2013.

“The company’s been successful in initiating and implementing the first-ever surface mine by meeting required timelines, a myriad of regulatory requirements and coordinating various skill sets within the company and with our project partners,” Turnipseed said. “Our Real Estate Department successfully put in place the procedures to further diversify our fuel sources for our customers.”

Turnipseed was honored at the SEE’s annual convention in Hershey, Penn.

“Although, I am accepting this award for Mississippi Power, it took the joint effort of the land team at Liberty Fuels Company, John Rice and Mark Bond at Balch & Bingham, and the direction and guidance of many departments within Mississippi Power,” Turnipseed added. “Without this joint effort and their commitment to success, this would not have been possible.”

“Sharon’s dedication and attention to detail has been a crucial element in making the land acquisition at Liberty Mine an overwhelming success,” Real Estate Manager Josh Harrison said.