OMAHA, Nebraska – Justin Vala has been named senior vice president, engineering and construction and will take over management of Tenaska’s engineering & construction team, effective June 1. This change in leadership follows the retirement of Nick Borman, who has overseen the company’s engineering function since 2012.
Tenaska’s engineering & construction team is responsible for engineering and construction management of power generation and other energy projects, technology assessment and evaluation, environmental services and transmission analysis. This expertise supports the full scope of Tenaska’s business efforts.
“Justin has been a key contributor to Tenaska since he joined the company in 2008 and has contributed his engineering expertise to a number of different business initiatives, including clean coal projects, efforts to promote natural gas fuels and, most recently, renewables,” said Jerry Crouse, Tenaska CEO and vice chairman. “We are excited to have him in this leadership role.”
Vala is now leading a team of 17.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with our outstanding team of professionals to bring profitable projects and acquisitions to fruition in the rapidly evolving energy sector,” Vala said.
Vala joined Tenaska in 2008 and was initially involved in technology selection, plant configuration and management of front-end engineering and design studies for clean coal project development efforts. Subsequently, he has supported a broad range of other prospective commercial development efforts, including natural gas and cogeneration power plant development, liquefied natural gas production and marketing, and advanced biofuels project evaluations. Most recently, Vala led engineering efforts for the construction of two Tenaska-developed wind projects that became operational in 2020.
Prior to joining Tenaska, Vala worked for ExxonMobil Chemical, primarily in the Olefins Group, as a technology engineer, plant engineer and energy coordinator. His responsibilities included new technology evaluation, plant simulation, monitoring and optimization, plant operations support and project development engineering.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
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 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.