Natural gas-fired power plant runs 25 years without lost-time accident

NV Energy’s (NYSE: NVE) 226 MW Fort Churchill Generating Station in Nevada has been operating for 25 years without a lost-time accident.

According to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the natural gas-fueled plant has the longest safety record for any fossil-fueled generating station in the U.S. dating back to the plant’s last lost-time accident on March 30, 1987. EEI presented NV Energy with a Safety Achievement Award for operating nearly 1.8 million work-hours with no days away from work.

“Power plants are inherently dangerous places to work, as plant personnel deal with extremely high temperatures, extremely high pressures and high-voltage electricity,” said NV Energy President and CEO Michael Yackira. “Over the years, the plant has embraced more than 1,500 safety suggestions, which surfaced through safety audits, safety committee recommendations and individual contributions.”

The first unit went into service in 1968 and the second unit entered operations in 1971.

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