Groundbreaking for Tenaska Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant in SWPA

Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station

Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station (concept)

It’s been eight long years since energy giant Tenaska (headquartered in Omaha, NE) first proposed building a natural gas-fueled power plant in South Huntingdon (Westmoreland County), PA. In April MDN reported Tenaska announced that the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, a 925-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fueled power plant project near Pittsburgh, had secured $780 million in funding (see Construction Begins on $780M SWPA NatGas-Fired Power Plant). Our headline at the time of “Construction Begins…” was a bit premature as the first shovelful of dirt didn’t happen until earlier this week. On Wednesday, Tenaska held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site. Jerry Crouse, CEO of Tenaska, was on hand for the shindig. The good news is that this large electric generating plant will be powered by Marcellus Shale gas, another important new market for PA’s homegrown natural gas…

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