Hiring for Operations Jobs at Tenaska Westmoreland is Complete



75 Percent of Employees Come from Westmoreland, Adjacent Counties

SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – Hiring for operations jobs at Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station is now complete, with 75 percent of employees coming from Westmoreland County or adjacent counties.

“One of our goals in staffing this plant was to hire qualified employees from the local community as much as possible,” said Todd Jonas, Tenaska senior vice president, operations & asset management. “I’m proud to say we achieved that goal and, in the process, assembled an experienced team of employees that will be able to continue Tenaska’s record of safe and reliable plant operations.”

Last fall, Tenaska announced the hiring of Plant Manager Robert Mayfield, who had been the long-time plant manager of another Tenaska facility. The announcement was followed by a phased hiring process that first included management positions at the plant in December, then hourly employees in the first few months of 2018.

Total staffing for the plant is 24 employees. Two employees are residents of Smithton Borough, where the plant is located. Eleven come from Westmoreland County and seven from Allegheny or Fayette counties. Four transferred from other Tenaska plants.

“Our team is eager to get to work,” Mayfield said. “Over the next several months, we will be going through specialized training and preparing for the plant to start operating at full capacity later this year.”

Construction of Tenaska Westmoreland – a clean-burning natural gas-fueled power plant project – began in 2016. Located in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, the facility is anticipated to begin operations in December of this year. It will be able to provide enough power for about 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of reliable power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Construction continues to boost the local economy, with direct construction costs of more than $500 million. In addition to 650 jobs during peak construction, the project has contracted with more than 100 regional businesses.

Once operational, the plant will contribute millions of dollars in tax revenue through its lifetime.

Tenaska Westmoreland is owned by Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC, which is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, Diamond Generating Corporation and J-POWER USA Investment Co., Ltd.

Additional information about the Tenaska Westmoreland project is available at www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

About Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC

Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. An affiliate of Tenaska serves as the managing partner. For more information, visit www.tenaskawestmoreland.com.

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Tenaska Westmoreland Reaches Construction Milestone



600 Workers Achieve 1 Million Hours on Power Plant Project

SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station – a clean-burning natural gas-fueled power plant project – has reached a major construction milestone: 1 million work hours stemming from some 600 construction jobs.

Construction of the 925-megawatt power plant began in 2016. Located near Smithton in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, the facility is on track to begin operations in late 2018. It will be able to provide enough power for about 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of reliable power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

“Tenaska takes great pride in delivering safe and reliable power projects – all the way from development, through construction and into operation,” said Vasu Pinapati, vice president, engineering. “We have achieved 1 million work hours at Tenaska Westmoreland, a construction milestone made possible by the regional workforce hired to help build this power plant. Their attention to detail, combined with a sharp focus on safety, quality and productivity, is commendable.”

Unions represented among the 600 construction workers include Boilermakers Local 154, Carpenters Local 432, Cement Masons Local 532, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 5, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 126, Insulators Local 2, Ironworkers Local 3, Laborers Local 1451, Millwrights Local 443, Operating Engineers Local 66, Painters District Council 57, Pipefitters Local 354, Sheet Metal Workers Local 12 and Sprinklerfitters Local 542.

Tenaska and Black & Veatch Construction, Inc., the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, celebrated the construction milestone Thursday with an appreciation lunch and mementos for workers.

“The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station project is off to a great start because of the highly skilled trades out of Westmoreland County and the Pittsburgh area. We have very safety-minded and talented craftsman that are dedicated to building a reliable power plant. Black & Veatch Construction, Inc. is excited to be part of this important project that will provide clean electricity and economic benefits to the people of Pennsylvania and beyond for decades to come,” said Jesse Hull, vice president with Black & Veatch.

Construction of Tenaska Westmoreland continues to boost the local economy, with direct construction costs of more than $500 million. In addition to a projected 650 jobs during peak construction, the project has contracted with more than 100 regional businesses.

The long-term operations staff at the plant will consist of 24 well-paying, full-time positions. The plant will also contribute millions of dollars in tax revenue through its lifetime.

Additional information about the Tenaska Westmoreland project is available at www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

About Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC

Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. An affiliate of Tenaska serves as the managing partner. For more information, visit www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

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Plant Manager Hired for Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station



Robert Mayfield Brings 15 Years of Experience with Tenaska Plants to Pennsylvania

SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – Tenaska has hired the long-time plant manager from its facility in Virginia to oversee operations of Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, which is under construction in Westmoreland County.

Robert Mayfield has been plant manager at Tenaska Virginia Generating Station near Scottsville, Virginia, since 2002, starting when the facility was under construction and in preparation for commercial operation. At Tenaska Westmoreland, he will be involved in staffing and employee training as the facility prepares for commercial operation in late 2018. Once the plant is operational, Mayfield will be in charge of day-to-day operations, including administrative, environmental, health, safety and community relations programs.

“I’m honored to lend my experience and expertise to Tenaska’s newest power plant, the state-of-the-art Tenaska Westmoreland facility,” Mayfield said. “I look forward to getting to know the community and establishing long-term relationships here.”

Under Mayfield’s leadership, the Tenaska Virginia plant has played a significant role in Tenaska’s longstanding commitments to safety and the environment. The plant was among the first in the Tenaska fleet to be named a Voluntary Protection Program Star worksite – the nation’s highest safety designation – by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“Robert has demonstrated a strong safety focus, an emphasis on community involvement and a level of expertise in power generation management that can’t be beat,” said Todd Jonas, Tenaska senior vice president of operations and asset management.

Before joining Tenaska, Mayfield served as operations manager for General Electric (GE) Contractual Services in Atlanta, where he was responsible for multiple-site long-term service agreement contracts. He retired as a commander from the U.S. Navy after 27 years of service, working in operations and maintenance of power generation equipment, propulsion systems and computer systems for submarines.

Mayfield received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. He holds a doctorate in organizational management and leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Construction of the Tenaska Westmoreland project began in 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in late 2018. Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the power plant will be able to provide enough power for about 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of reliable power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Construction of Tenaska Westmoreland is expected to boost the local economy, with direct construction costs of more than $500 million. In addition to opportunities for local contractors and vendors, the Tenaska Westmoreland project is expected to create more than 600 jobs during peak construction and 24 well-paying, full-time positions once operational. The plant will also contribute millions of dollars in tax revenue through its lifetime.

Additional information about the Tenaska Westmoreland project is available at www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

About Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC

Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. An affiliate of Tenaska serves as the managing partner. For more information, visit www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

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Tenaska Westmoreland Relies on Local Contractors



More than 100 Regional Businesses Support Construction of Power Plant

SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – More than 100 regional businesses are supporting construction of the 925-megawatt (MW) Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station near Smithton in Westmoreland County. Due in large part to their efforts, work on the natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power plant is progressing on schedule.

“Supporting the local economy is something we take pride in,” said Vasu Pinapati, Tenaska vice president, engineering. “Across the country, our facilities are known for being good business neighbors and giving back to their communities. That is the culture we are setting up in Westmoreland County.”

Construction of Tenaska Westmoreland is expected to boost the local economy, with direct construction costs of more than $500 million. In addition to opportunities for local contractors and vendors, the Tenaska Westmoreland project is expected to create more than 600 jobs during peak construction and 24 well-paying, full-time positions once operational. The plant will also contribute millions of dollars in tax revenue through its lifetime.

“We applaud Tenaska’s commitment to employing the local workforce,” said Jason Rigone, executive director of the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation. “Tenaska is an excellent example of how private investment can provide a significant economic impact on Westmoreland County’s economy.”

Construction of Tenaska Westmoreland started in 2016. When complete in late 2018, the power plant will be able to provide enough power for approximately 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of reliable power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Additional information about the Tenaska Westmoreland project is available at www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

About Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC

Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. An affiliate of Tenaska serves as the managing partner. For more information, visit www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.


J-Power USA Acquires Equity Stake in Tenaska Power Plant Project in Pennsylvania



J-POWER Westmoreland, LLC, a subsidiary of J-POWER USA Investment Co., Ltd.(“J-POWER USA”), has secured an equity stake from Tenaska in the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, a 925-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fueled power plant project near Pittsburgh. The transaction closed on Jan. 11.

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of investing in and developing high-quality power generating facilities which connect to reliable power markets, like PJM,” said Mark Condon, president and CEO of J-POWER USA. “J-POWER USA will actively continue to look for opportunities to expand its North American power generation business.”

The Tenaska Westmoreland project is owned by affiliates of Tenaska, Diamond Generating Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corporation, and now J-POWER USA.

J-POWER USA is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (“J-POWER”), an independent power producer and the largest wholesale utility in Japan. J-POWER’s relationship with Tenaska includes investments in natural gas-fueled power generating facilities in Texas and Virginia.

“We are pleased to have J-POWER USA investing alongside Tenaska as a partner in the Westmoreland project,” said Dave Kirkwood, senior vice president in Tenaska’s Strategic Development & Acquisitions Group. “Our relationship with J-POWER USA began over 10 years ago, and we have since built a strong partnership. This investment by J-POWER USA is representative of the bond we have formed over the course of the past decade.”

Since its founding in 1987, Tenaska has raised approximately $14.4 billion in capital through bank facilities, capital market transactions, corporate facilities and equity, supporting the successful development of approximately 10,000 MW of natural gas-fueled and renewable power projects. Commercial financing for the Tenaska Westmoreland project, which includes five-year revenue hedging, closed in 2016.

Construction of the natural gas-fueled combined-cycle project is underway, with commercial operation targeted for 2018. When complete, Tenaska Westmoreland will serve the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of power in all or parts of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia.

About Tenaska

Tenaska, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the leading independent power producers in the United States, with regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston and Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Forbes magazine ranks Tenaska among the largest privately held U.S. companies. Tenaska and its affiliates have developed approximately 10,000 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable power generation and manage operations for approximately 7,000 MW of power generation consisting of nine power plants.

Tenaska formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. An affiliate of Tenaska serves as the managing partner.

Tenaska affiliates also market natural gas and electric power and provide energy risk management services. Tenaska is involved in asset acquisition, natural gas fuel supply and transportation systems, and electric transmission development. For more information about Tenaska, visit www.tenaska.com.

About JPOWER

J-POWER USA Investment Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. with headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan. J-POWER USA, headquartered in the greater Chicago area, has a long-term strategy to acquire, develop, finance and operate power generation facilities in North America through its team of power professionals with a proven track record of successfully developing and acquiring power projects in the IPP sector.

J-POWER stock is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. In the fiscal year ending March 2016, J-POWER had revenues of U.S. $6.9 billion and assets of approximately U.S. $22.6 billion. With approximately 25,000 megawatts of net ownership, J-POWER is one of the world’s largest independent generators of electricity, owning 96 power plants in Japan with total generation of approximately 18,000 megawatts of installed capacity, and 36 international IPP investments totaling approximately 6,600 megawatts of net installed capacity.


Tenaska Celebrates Groundbreaking for Natural Gas-fueled Power Plant in Westmoreland County



SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC today celebrated the start of construction for the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, a 925-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fueled power plant near Smithton in Westmoreland County.

More than 75 elected officials, community leaders and company executives gathered at the site for the ceremonial groundbreaking. Attendees included U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, state Sen. Kim Ward and state Rep. Ted Harhai, along with leaders from Westmoreland County, South Huntingdon Township and Smithton Borough.

“Natural gas production is an important industry in Pennsylvania and is one that not only creates direct employment but also stimulates the economy and fosters additional jobs through its support of related, downstream businesses,” said Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development, who gave the keynote address. “On behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Department of Community and Economic Development, it’s an honor to welcome Tenaska to Westmoreland County and to break ground on a project that is sure to be a significant contributor to the vitality of the region and beyond.”

Construction of Tenaska Westmoreland is expected to span roughly 35 months and to boost the local economy, with direct construction costs of more than $500 million. When complete in late 2018, the plant will be able to provide enough power for approximately 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of reliable power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

“Tenaska Westmoreland has been many years in the making,” said Tenaska Vice Chairman and CEO Jerry Crouse. “We appreciate the continued support we have received from many residents and community leaders, and we are pleased to now be starting construction and bringing the many economic benefits of the project to reality.”

Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC, comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Diamond Generating Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corporation, owns the Tenaska Westmoreland project.

“Diamond Generating Corporation is pleased to be a part of this highly efficient, combined-cycle project in Pennsylvania, continuing our long-term relationship with Tenaska” said CEO Satoshi Hamada. “The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station demonstrates our commitment to provide clean, flexible and reliable energy for local communities in competitive markets.”

The Tenaska Westmoreland project is expected to create more than 300 direct jobs, on average, over the nearly three-year construction period, as well as opportunities for local contractors and vendors. Once operational, the plant will generate millions of dollars in tax revenue over its life.

“Tenaska is meeting the needs of an evolving industry,” said Jason Rigone, executive director of Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation, who also spoke at the event. “In recent years numerous coal-fueled power plants have retired, leaving a void to fill our energy demands. The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station will utilize locally produced natural gas and provide a clean source of electricity for our region’s businesses and ensure our homes are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.”

Black & Veatch is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project. The EPC contractor performs design, completes engineering and manages construction of the plant. Tenaska encourages its EPC contractors to hire locally when possible.

Additional information about the Tenaska Westmoreland project is available at www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com.

About Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC

Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station.

Tenaska is one of the leading independent power producers in the United States, with regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston and Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Forbes magazine ranks Tenaska among the 25 largest privately held U.S. companies. Tenaska and its affiliates have developed approximately 10,000 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable power generation, and currently manage operations for approximately 7,000 MW of power generation consisting of nine power plants. For more information, visit www.tenaska.com.

About Diamond Generating Corporation

Diamond Generating Corporation (“DGC”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation and is a developer, owner and operator of privately owned power generating assets in the United States. Headquartered in Los Angeles, DGC currently owns 11 operating power generating facilities and has two facilities under construction in the U.S., having total output capacity of approximately 6,500 megawatts (MW), with net equity of 2,800 MW. For more information, visit www.dgc-us.com.


Tenaska Closes $780 Million Financing for Natural Gas-fueled Power Plant in Westmoreland County



SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – Leading independent energy provider Tenaska closed approximately $780 million in commercial financing today for the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, a 925-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fueled power plant project near Smithton in Westmoreland County.

“Tenaska has a reputation for strong power projects that meet the needs of an evolving industry,” said Dave Kirkwood, vice president and treasurer. “We have the expertise to advance projects from concept into operation, and we have long-standing relationships with financial institutions to support that.”

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Limited led the bank group for the financing.

Tenaska Westmoreland is the 18th project that Tenaska has developed and financed. Since its founding in 1987, the company has successfully developed approximately 10,000 MW of natural gas-fueled and renewable power projects. Tenaska has approximately 2,500 MW in additional projects in pre-financing development.

Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska, will own the Tenaska Westmoreland project.

When construction is complete, the project will be able to provide enough power for approximately 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Kirkwood said that the forward capacity market in PJM – which guarantees revenue for reliable power generators – and five-year revenue hedging were also key to the success of the project financing.

“Development and operation of power generating facilities has been Tenaska’s core business since its founding in 1987,” said Monte Ten Kley, director of development. “We are pleased to be continuing that tradition in Westmoreland County, where leaders appreciate the economic benefits of large projects like this.”

Tenaska Westmoreland will be located south of Interstate 70, between exits 49 and 51 in South Huntington Township.

Construction began earlier this year, with commercial operation targeted for 2018. Black & Veatch is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project. The EPC contractor performs design, completes engineering and manages construction of the plant.

“Tenaska typically encourages its contractors to hire and contract locally whenever possible, and that commitment continues at Tenaska Westmoreland,” said Vasu Pinapati, project director, engineering and construction. “We look forward to bringing these opportunities to the community as we construct this safe and environmentally responsible power project.”

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will provide the two natural gas turbines for the project.

The Tenaska Westmoreland project is expected to create more than 300 direct jobs, on average, over the three-year construction period and to generate millions of dollars in tax payments over the life of the plant.

Additional information is available at www.TenaskaWestmoreland.com. Information about job opportunities will be posted when available.

About Tenaska

Tenaska, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the leading independent power producers in the United States, with regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston and Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Forbes magazine ranks Tenaska among the 25 largest privately held U.S. companies. Tenaska and its affiliates have developed approximately 10,000 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable power generation, and manage operations for approximately 7,000 MW of power generation consisting of nine power plants.

Tenaska formed Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC to build, own and operate the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. An affiliate of Tenaska serves as the managing partner.