The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station is a 926-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant located in Westmoreland County in Smithton, PA and owned by Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners. Black & Veatch provided engineering, procurement, and construction and startup (EPCS) services for the project. Black & Veatch Construction, Inc., a part of the Black & Veatch family of companies, began construction in 2016 and commercial operation was achieved in December of 2018, well ahead of schedule, addressing the region’s growing power demands while employing air-quality technology to meet state and federal emissions standards. “Using advanced, high-efficiency turbine technology and a recycled water-cooling process, the Westmoreland project draws on our history of combining large-scale EPC capability with technology that delivers clean power,” said Todd Oppeau, Westmoreland Project Manager at Black & Veatch. “Power customers benefit from a reliable source of efficient energy, and we provided our client with a single point of contact across all phases of the project.” The station is located near Pittsburgh and supplies electricity to customers in Pennsylvania and 12 other northeastern states that operate in the PJM market. PJM is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in the Northeast. To maximize efficient water use during power generation, the plant recycles water through the cooling process multiple times. In addition, two new pipelines to deliver clean-burning natural gas to the plant are connected to existing regional pipelines. The facility is in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica gas shale fields; as a result it is expected that this local resource will be the primary fuel supply source. The project includes a 500Kv switchyard and switching station as well as 1.5 miles of power transmission lines to connect it to the PJM electric grid. Media Contact: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | 913-458-2778 p | 816-674-0572 m | email@example.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights UK Power Market: Flying a kite, the 100% renewables myth With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources.