Employees have had Zero Lost-time Incidents since 2003
ENTERPRISE, Texas – Employees at Tenaska Gateway Generating Station have been honored with four National Safety Council (NSC) awards for their 2019 safety performance. In 2018, the plant near Mt. Enterprise achieved the impressive milestone of 1 million work hours with zero lost-time incidents – a safety record that dates back more than 15 years to 2003.
“Our employees continue to develop innovative programs and training to enhance safety in the workplace,” said Plant Manager Steve Pearson. “These programs keep our employees and our community safe.”
Employees at Tenaska Gateway 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 Gateway 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.
Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, Tenaska Gateway produces 845 megawatts of electricity for sale to Shell Energy, which markets the power.
The plant is one of the largest taxpayers in Rusk County, contributing more than $40.5 million in property taxes since it began commercial operation in 2001. In 2019, the plant injected approximately $7.6 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy, in addition to providing approximately 170 hours of volunteer service performed by employees and other annual community contributions. To date, Tenaska Gateway has awarded $165,000 in scholarships to 189 local college-bound high school students.
Tenaska Gateway Partners, Ltd., is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, Osaka Gas Energy America Corporation, Diamond Generating Corporation, Tyr Energy, Inc. and JERA Co., Inc.
About Tenaska Gateway Partners, L.P.
Tenaska, an energy company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, formed Tenaska Gateway Partners, Ltd. to build, own and operate the Tenaska Gateway Generating Station. Today, Tenaska Gateway Partners is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, Osaka Gas Energy America Corporation, Diamond Generating Corporation, Tyr Energy, Inc. and JERA Co., Inc. 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.