Proposed LNG export facility in Coos Bay would be union-built

The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Northwest National Construction Alliance have signed project labor agreements with Black & Veatch Corporation, Inc. and Kiewit Power Constructors on the $6 billion Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal proposed for Coos Bay, Oregon.

A consortium of Black & Veatch and Kiewit Power will manage construction of the Jordan Cove and its associated 420 MW power plant in Coos Bay,  located within the Coos Bay harbor on the North Spit.

Jordan Cove has received all local land-use approvals and is seeking construction, operation, and export permits approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and U.S. Department of Energy. Construction of the export facility and supporting power plant is anticipated to span 42 months, with an average workforce of 900 and a peak workforce of approximately 2,000. The average construction wage will be $85,000 per year, including benefits.

The project could break ground as soon as 2014.

The PLA is under the National Construction Agreement of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

An identical agreement was  reached with the Northwest National Construction Alliance, which is comprised of the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Operating Engineers Local 701.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement ensuring our facility will be built by experienced union labor,” said Bob Braddock, project manager, in a press release. “Black & Veatch and Kiewit are world leaders in designing and managing LNG and power plant construction projects and teaming them with quality, skilled labor will enhance our long-term safety and reliability.”

Jordan Cove Energy Project is a subsidiary of Veresen Inc.

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