Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley Partners With Luminant to Train Skilled Workforce in Robertson County

By: Workforce Solutions Press Release
By: Workforce Solutions Press Release

To meet the demand for skilled workers at Luminant’s new lignite mine in northern Robertson County, Luminant has joined forces with Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley to train 64 new Heavy Equipment Operators. Luminant’s mining facility encompasses 10,593 acres, and will principally support the fuel needs of Luminant’s Oak Grove power plant in Robertson County that is scheduled to begin operation late 2009.

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Robertson County Judge Jan Roe and Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley Executive Director Tom Wilkinson will present a check in the amount of $204,800.00 to Luminant representatives at the Robertson County Commissioner’s Court Meeting April 14, 2008 at 9:00AM in the Robertson County Courthouse. The funds in their entirety will provide highly specialized training for Motor Grader, Hydraulic Excavator, and End Dump Operators as well as Equipment Mechanic personnel onsite at the mine.

“This has been a mission of ours to increase resources and expand training for the residents of Robertson County.”
–Judge Jan Roe, Robertson County Judge

“This project is a reflection of hard work by the Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley staff to bring additional resources to Robertson County at a time when the Energy Industry is in critical need of trained workers.”
– Tom Wilkinson, Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley Executive Director

“Luminant and its predecessors have a long history of working with and investing in the communities we serve. We have been providing power to help keep the lights on in Texas for 125 years, and this grant will help make sure power is available to help the lights stay on for many more years. This grant will not only ensure Oak Grove generates energy for Texas, but it will help the Brazos Valley benefit from the jobs and economic benefits that come with the plant.”
- Steve Jenkins, Luminant Community Relations Manager, Robertson County

The mine is expected to produce approximately 9 million tons of Texas lignite per year for the next 10-15 years. It is expected to indirectly create an estimated 2,000 local jobs, and potentially create hundreds of support jobs and millions of dollars in economic development to the area.

Texas is the fifth largest coal producing state in the U.S. It has 11 active lignite mines which supply fuel to the state’s 15 lignite-fueled power plants. These units account for 16 % of the electricity generated in Texas, which is equivalent to the electricity generated in the entire State of Virginia.

The use of coal for generating electricity in Texas contributes $10.5 billion annually in total expenditures, $300 million annually in state and local revenues as well as royalties to landowners and provides more than 33,000 permanent jobs.

Luminant’s mining operations are estimated to contribute more than $400 million in total expenditures annually to the Texas economy and provide more than 2,000 permanent jobs.

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