State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO
BUILDING TRADES NEWS
MAY 31, 2012
Economy, Environment, Consumers, Workers: All Winners in HECA Agreement
The regional economy, California’s environment, energy consumers and local construction workers all emerge as winners in the agreement announced today to build the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) Project near Bakersfield in Kern County, Calif.
The expected multi-billion-dollar power project, which will create more than 2,000 construction jobs over three years, 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.
HECA is a project co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE), administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and being conducted by SCS Energy, a leading independent developer of clean power. SCS Energy is working with Fluor on the front-end engineering phase of the project. To ensure quality craftsmanship, Fluor Constructors International, Inc. has entered into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the National Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), and the Kern, Inyo, Mono Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. SBCTC is the umbrella organization for 160 unions that collectively represent 350,000 skilled construction workers. In California, the Building Trades unions and their management partners spend more than $100 million a year on training and apprenticeship programs to ensure that its workers have the latest and best skills available for jobs in the new green economy.
“A PLA with the Building Trades is important for a project as complex and vital as this one,” said Paul Mannion, President of Fluor Constructors. “The PLA will help ensure 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.” The PLA also seeks to ensure that the project offers good job opportunities for local workers, as well as returning military veterans.
“The men and women of the Building Trades are eager to get to work,” said SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth. “This is an important project not just forKernCountyandCalifornia, but it is a model for the rest of the country and the world. It shows that we can provide a reliable source of energy, lower our carbon footprint, grow our economy and create good jobs.”
“HECA is pleased that Fluor Constructors and the Building Trades could work out this agreement that will benefit thousands of union workers over the course of construction and strengthen the regional economy at a time when it needs all the help it can get,” said Jim Croyle, chairman and CEO of SCS Energy.
For more information on the HECA project, please visit www.heca.com
SBCT Contact: Sandy Harrison
Fax (916) 443-8204