SHIRO, Texas – Employees at Tenaska Frontier Generating Station have been honored with four National Safety Council (NSC) awards for their 2020 safety performance. The plant, located near Shiro, has had zero work-related injuries or illnesses resulting in time away from work (lost time) since the start of commercial operation in 2000.
“Ensuring our employees and facility are safe and healthy is our No. 1 priority,” said Plant Manager Ross Billingsley. “We are proud that we have been able to keep an excellent safety record for more than 20 years thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.”
Employees at Tenaska Frontier were honored with the Superior Safety Performance Award, which is presented to facilities that have achieved at least 10 consecutive years without a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lost-time incident. The team also earned the Safety Leadership Award, for completing at least five consecutive years, and the Perfect Record Award, for completing at least 12 consecutive months, without a lost-time injury or illness.
Employees also accepted the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award, which honors a safety record equal to or better than 50% of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates for lost-time illnesses and injuries in the energy industry.
Tenaska Frontier is certified as a prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Worksite – the nation’s highest safety designation – by OSHA. Only 2,050 facilities out of more than 8 million nationwide qualified for the VPP Star designation; approximately 300 of those are in Texas.
At 830 megawatts (MW), the dual-grid natural gas-fueled plant can generate enough power for about 830,000 homes in the ERCOT and MISO markets.
Tenaska Frontier, owned by Tenaska Frontier Partners, Ltd., is one of the largest taxpayers in Grimes County. It has contributed more than $53 million in property taxes to Grimes County, of which approximately $42 million to local school districts since beginning of commercial operation. The plant injects approximately $5.6 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy each year.
In addition, Tenaska Frontier employees volunteered approximately 200 hours to local community, charitable and youth organizations in 2020. To date, Tenaska Frontier has awarded nearly $130,000 in scholarships to approximately 160 local college-bound high school students.
Tenaska Frontier Partners is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, J-POWER USA and Diamond Generating Corporation.
About Tenaska Frontier Partners, Ltd.
Tenaska, an energy company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Frontier Partners, Ltd., to build, own and operate the Tenaska Frontier Generating Station. Today, Tenaska Frontier Partners is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, J-POWER USA and Diamond Generating Corporation. Affiliates of Tenaska serve as the managing partner and operator.
Tenaska is one of the leading independent energy companies in the United States, with a reputation for high standards and expertise in natural gas and electric power marketing, energy management, development and acquisition of energy assets, and operation of generating facilities. Forbes magazine consistently ranks Tenaska among the 50 largest private U.S. companies. Gross operating revenues were $7.7 billion in 2020.
Tenaska is a 2021 U.S. Best Managed Company, a recognition given by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal to private companies that demonstrate excellence in strategic planning and execution, corporate culture and financial results.
Tenaska has developed, managed and/or operated approximately 22 gigawatts (GW) of natural gas-fueled and renewables generation. Its development portfolios include more than 16 GW of solar, wind and energy storage projects. The current Tenaska operating fleet includes 7.5 GW of generating facilities.
Tenaska Marketing Ventures consistently ranks among the top five largest natural gas marketers in North America and is the top-ranked natural gas pipeline capacity trader. Tenaska Power Services Co. is the leading U.S. provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers.