PLA Signed for $4 Billion Power Plant in Kern County

June 1, 2012 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties Trade Council have signed a PLA with SCS Energy and Fluor Contractors to build the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) power plant near Bakersfield in Kern County.

The signing occurred at the project headquarters Thursday.  The expected $4 billion project will create 2,000 construction jobs over three years.  It will generate 300 megawatts of low-carbon electricity and enough power to support 160,000 homes.  It will recapture at least 90 percent of its carbon emissions, demonstrating how groundbreaking environmental progress goes hand-in-hand with job-creation and economic growth.

Fluor and SCS officials stressed the benefits of PLAs and using union labor.  “A PLA with the Building Trades is important for a project as complex and vital as this one,” said Fluor President Paul Mannion.  “The PLA will help ensure that the project will maintain superior productivity, cost-effectiveness and quality workmanship that SCS Energy expects and that Fluor Constructors along with the Building Trades can deliver.”  SCS Chairman Jim Croyle added that the PLA will benefit thousands of workers and strengthen the regional economy.

The eagerness of for-profit businesses Fluor and SCS to use a PLA to build HECA illustrates beyond a doubt the benefits PLAs bring to complex construction projects.

The project is co-funded by a grant from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy.


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