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.