According to the Edison Electric Institute, the 226-megawatt natural gas-fueled plant has the longest safety record for any fossil-fueled generating station in the nation. The plant, which is located near Yerington, employs about 30 people and can produce enough electricity to serve about 135,000 Nevada households.
The Edison Electric Institute presented the utility a “Safety Achievement Award” for operating nearly 1.8 million work-hours with no days away from work. The record dates back to the plant’s last lost-time accident, which occurred March 30, 1987.
“This achievement reflects our commitment to safety and we’re very proud of what our employees have accomplished,” said Michael Yackira, NV Energy President and Chief Executive Officer. “What is especially remarkable about this safety record is that our Fort Churchill Station employees work around the clock engaging in many activities that require strong safety vigilance, and this milestone means that they’ve done so successfully every day for 25 years.”
Power plants are inherently dangerous places to work, as plant personnel deal with extremely high temperatures, extremely high pressures and high-voltage electricity.
Over the years, the plant has embraced more than 1,500 safety suggestions, which surfaced through safety audits, safety committee recommendations and individual contributions.