Black & Veatch has received a contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the proposed 925MW natural gas combined cycle power plant in Pennsylvania, US.

Located in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, the Tenaska Westmoreland generating station will be built, owned, and operated by Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, an affiliate of independent energy provider Tenaska.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) is responsible for the supply of two M501J gas turbines, with each having a capacity of 327MW.

Black & Veatch power business president Ed Walsh said: “We are leveraging our global expertise in EPC for power generation that provides clients a single point of contact across all phases of the project.

“Tenaska is committed to providing its customers highly efficient clean energy while using advanced emissions controls that address environmental air quality.”

The power plant, which will feature advanced, high efficiency turbine technology and a recycled water cooling process, will generate electricity required to power 925,000 homes.

Construction on the natural gas-fired facility began earlier this year, with commercial operation targeted for 2018.

The project also includes a 500Kv switchyard and switching station as well as power transmission lines to connect it to the PJM electric grid.

The Westmoreland plant is expected to help in setting a new cost of electricity (COE) standard for the PJM region upon completion.

In April, Tenaska has closed $780m in financing for the Tenaska Westmoreland generating station.