Construction has reached its peak at our new $1.1 billion Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center at the 39-acre site on the Intracoastal Waterway in Riviera Beach.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the combined-cycle natural gas plant is about 65 percent complete and will replace the 1960s-era oil-and-gas-fired plant that was imploded on June 19, 2011. Construction began in November 2011.
The new plant will use 33 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour and produce far fewer emissions. It will produce up to 1,250 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power roughly 250,000 homes and businesses.
About 650 workers such as electricians, welders, pipefitters and carpenters are performing various tasks, handling materials and operating about a dozen cranes and other heavy equipment.
The workers represent an economic boost to the local area. Their presence increases revenue for local real estate, restaurants and retail industries. In 2015, the plant’s first full year of operation, it is expected to provide an estimated $20 million in new tax revenue for local government services.