Black & Veatch wins EPC contract for 925-MW Tenaska project in Pennsylvania

Black & Veatch said Aug. 17 that it has been selected to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a 925-MW, natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Pennsylvania.

Using advanced, high-efficiency turbine technology and a recycled water cooling process, the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station is located near Pittsburgh and will supply electricity to customers in Pennsylvania and 12 other Northeastern states that operate in the PJM Inteconnection market. The plant features Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems J-series natural gas turbines.

“Black & Veatch has the reputation for constructing safe and reliable power generating facilities, and a record of completing projects on schedule,” said Nick Borman, Tenaska Senior Vice President, Engineering & Construction. “We are pleased to utilize its power delivery and power plant services for the Tenaska Westmoreland project.”

To maximize efficient water use during power generation, the plant will be able to recycle water through the cooling process multiple times. In addition, two new pipelines to deliver natural gas to the plant will be connected to existing regional pipelines. The facility is in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica gas shale fields, and as a result it is expected that this local resource will be the primary fuel supply source. The project includes a 500-Kv switchyard and switching station as well as 1.5 miles of power transmission lines to connect it to the PJM grid.

Project construction began in 2016 with commercial operation scheduled in 2018.

“We are leveraging our global expertise in EPC for power generation that provides clients a single point of contact across all phases of the project,” said Ed Walsh, President of Black & Veatch’s power business. “Tenaska is committed to providing its customers highly efficient clean energy while using advanced emissions controls that address environmental air quality.”

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.