Honored with Four Awards from National Safety Council
SHIRO, Texas – Employees at Tenaska Frontier Generating Station have been honored with four National Safety Council (NSC) awards for their 2019 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 – an achievement 20 years in the making.
“Reaching this impressive safety milestone takes decades of hard work, diligence and a continuous commitment to safety in the workplace,” said Todd Jonas, senior vice president, operations. “The employees at Tenaska Frontier have maintained that focus for the past 20 years. That’s an impressive record.”
Plant manager Ross Billingsley said that being honored with these NSC awards, as well as the plant’s long-standing safety record, illustrates the pride that employees have in their job.
“Our employees demonstrate teamwork and innovation as they focus on maintaining and enhancing a safe workplace,” said Billingsley. “What’s most important about this safety milestone and these awards is that it means employees are going home safe and healthy after each workday.”
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 2,132 facilities out of more than 8 million nationwide qualified for the VPP Star designation; approximately 327 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 $50.6 million in property taxes to Grimes County and $40.6 million to local school districts since beginning of commercial operation. The plant injects approximately $5.4 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy each year.
In addition, Tenaska Frontier employees volunteered more than 400 hours to local community, charitable and youth organizations in 2019. To date, Tenaska Frontier has awarded $121,500 in scholarships to 153 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, L.P.
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, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the leading independent energy companies in the United States. Forbes magazine consistently ranks Tenaska among the 50 largest private U.S. companies. Gross operating revenues were approximately $9.9 billion in 2019.
Tenaska has developed approximately 10,500 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable power projects. Affiliate Tenaska Solar Ventures provides development services for approximately 14 gigawatts of renewable solar capacity in 16 states. Tenaska and its affiliates have managed the acquisition and divestiture of 10,500 MW of energy assets. The current Tenaska operating fleet includes 12 natural gas-fueled and renewable generating facilities able to generate approximately 7,500 MW combined.
Tenaska affiliates are industry leaders in natural gas and electric power marketing. Tenaska Marketing Ventures (TMV) is among the top five largest natural gas marketers in North America and is the top-ranked natural gas pipeline capacity trader. TMV is consistently top ranked by its customers in the annual Mastio & Company Natural Gas Marketer Customer Value / Loyalty Benchmarking Study. During 2019, TMV sold or managed 10.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. Tenaska Power Services Co. is the leading provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., with more third party-owned generation under management than any other provider.