FPL provides an update on the construction phase of the Turkey Point expansion to friends and neighbors
Dear Friend and Neighbor,
This letter is another in our ongoing effort to stay in touch as promised on activities related to our Turkey Point power plant and the Unit 5 expansion project. The Turkey Point expansion is about meeting growth and everyone’s need for more electricity with the cleanest, most cost-effective new power generating technology available today.
We are very pleased to report that we earned the final approval in February for the expansion project from the governor and Cabinet, as well as other required permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the state. These permits and certification involved thorough reviews and support from numerous federal, state and local agencies, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Public Service Commission, Miami-Dade County, the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers and others. Our success would not have been possible without the efforts of all the FPL employees who worked on the licensing and permitting effort and the many members of the community who took an interest in the project and supported our effort. Please accept our sincere thanks.
Now we can all take pride in the fact that the new natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating unit we’re about to begin building at Turkey Point in south Miami-Dade County will be one of the most environmentally advanced, cost-effective new generating units in the state. When it is complete, the new unit will provide enough power to serve the equivalent of 230,000 homes and businesses using an existing site originally planned for more power generation.
Gearing up to begin construction
As we get ready to begin construction, we wanted to let you know that we have hired the key contractors who will perform the project’s engineering, procurement and construction for FPL and we are expecting them to honor our pledge to stay in touch with the community, and to work safely and respectfully in-and-around our property and yours.
These two key contractors include the engineering firm of Black & Veatch and the construction firm of Zachry Construction working as Florida Lakes Power Partners. Both firms are highly respected within the industry and are firms with whom our company has a solid track record.
While some of the personnel required to complete this project may come from out-of-state, our contractors will be recruiting local personnel as well, including qualified welders, laborers, pipefitters, iron workers, boilermakers, carpenters, painters and electricians. Qualified and interested individuals can contact Geraldine Tollison, project employment manager, at 335 South Krome Avenue, Suite 103 in Florida City, FL or call Ms. Tollison at 305-242-1173. The power partners also will be seeking competitive bids for local products and services, as needed, such as security, sanitary services, lumber, office supplies, painting, insulation, ice and construction supplies.
While the construction workforce will vary over the two-year construction timeframe, we estimate an average construction workforce of approximately 290 people, with a high of about 650 personnel at the construction activity peak in mid-2006. We anticipate a local construction payroll of approximately $60 million and Florida purchases of construction materials and equipment in the range of $15 to $20 million. Our project is still planned for completion by summer 2007.
At the moment, most of the site construction work is preparatory, including installing temporary facilities like construction trailers and putting up protective fencing around the site perimeter.
Staying in touch
As we go forward, in addition to occasional letters, we also hope to keep neighbors up-to-date on the expansion project through meetings with the chambers, civic groups and other local organizations. If you know someone who would like a presentation or who would like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know or ask them to contact us. We also have a project brochure that may be of interest to newcomers to the area.
In closing, we appreciate once again the opportunity to share our plans and progress with you and to be a part of this community. Should you have any questions, please feel free to write or call or visit our web site at www.FPL.com/turkeypoint.