"Biggest single investment in Brownsville history": BPUB Generating Station
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — "The biggest single investment in Brownsville's history happened today," announced BPUB Board Vice Chairman, Oscar D. Garcia.
It's expected to have a huge impact across the boards.
"I think we are ensuring our energy needs are met for the next 40, 50, maybe 60 years," said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez.
Brownsville Public Utilities Board held a press conference Monday to announce a deal reached with Omaha based energy company, Tenaska.
"BPUB has signed a purchase agreement to continue development of an 800 megawatt natural gas fueled combined cycle power plant to be built in Brownsville," said Tenaska, Director of Development, Mike Roth.
BPUB however, will only run off of 200 megawatts of that energy, with the remaining 600 available to other energy providers through the valley.
"A power generator that is local instead of having to import power here locally," said Roth.
The future generating plant will be located off of FM 511 near Old Alice Road.
"At the peak of construction the plant will have 600 to 700 people working on site. At that time we work with our contractors to find local and regional employees to work at the plants and then the fulltime jobs, approximately 25 full time jobs once the plant in under construction," said Roth.
It's expected that the plant will break ground in 2014 with full operation by June 2016.