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.