FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2009
OMAHA, Nebraska — Keeping neighbors informed – as well as all who may be interested in Tenaska’s proposed Westmoreland County, Penn., power plant development – is the purpose of a new Web site,www.tenaskawestmorelandproject.com.
Tenaska, one of the nation’s largest privately owned energy companies, is evaluating a site in Westmoreland County on which to construct and operate a state-of-the-art electric generating facility.
The plant, fueled by clean-burning natural gas, would bring hundreds of construction jobs, many permanent well-paying jobs, and power to meet the growing demand for electricity in the region.
“At Tenaska, we have earned a reputation as a good neighbor and community supporter in locations where we develop and operate electric generating facilities,” said Dan Culver, Tenaska project manager.
“We believe good relations with our neighbors begin with clear and open communications concerning our plans and how they may affect the community,” he said.
The new Internet site is designed to provide basic facts about the proposed plant, a facility of up to 950 megawatts of capacity located south of Interstate 70 between exits 49 and 51 in South Huntingdon Township, Penn. (see map)
With construction beginning as early as 2011, the plant would boost the local economy with a construction cost of more than $500 million. It would provide more than 300 jobs during construction and up to 30 well-paying permanent jobs for operation.
Tenaska, based in Omaha, Nebraska, has an international reputation for building high-quality, efficient and environmentally responsible energy projects.
The Westmoreland Project Web site explains the scope of the project, how the natural gas-fueled combined-cycle technology works, what steps will be taken to ensure environmental protections, and Tenaska’s business background. The site will also provide project updates when appropriate.
“Because we know many in the community have questions, we have included a question-and-answer section which we believe will address many of those issues,” said Culver. “We may not have anticipated everything, so the site also has a ‘Contact Us’ section where citizens can e-mail questions.”
Tenaska is an energy company, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, that develops, constructs, owns and operates non-utility generation and cogeneration plants. The company also markets natural gas, biofuels and electric power, and provides risk management services. Tenaska is involved in asset acquisition, fuel supply, natural gas exploration, production and transportation systems, and electric transmission development. Tenaska has developed approximately 9,000 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity across the United States. Tenaska’s affiliates operate and manage eight power plants in six states totaling more than 6,700 MW of generating capacity owned in partnership with other companies. Tenaska Capital Management, an affiliate, provides management services for standalone private equity funds, with more than $5 billion in assets, including nine power plants (with approximately 5,400 MW of capacity), gas storage facilities, and transmission infrastructure construction and maintenance operations. In 2008, Tenaska was listed in benchmarking studies by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having the best fleet-wide record in the United States for controlling emissions of carbon dioxide and one of the top performing companies for controlling emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. For more information about Tenaska, visit www.tenaska.com.