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.