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.