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NATIONAL AND STATE LEGISLATORS JOIN COGEN TECHNOLOGIES TO HONOR NEW JERSEY CRAFTSMEN AT SITE OF NEW LINDEN COGENERATION PLANT

 NATIONAL AND STATE LEGISLATORS JOIN COGEN TECHNOLOGIES TO HONOR
 NEW JERSEY CRAFTSMEN AT SITE OF NEW LINDEN COGENERATION PLANT
 LINDEN, N.J., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and state Senate President-elect Donald DiFrancesco (R-22) today joined Robert McNair, president and chief executive officer of Cogen Technologies, to honor the New Jersey craftsmen responsible for constructing Cogen Technologies's Linden cogeneration plant. The "Holiday Topping-Out" ceremony was held at the Linden Airport.
 "Efforts like this cogeneration facility can help increase our energy independence while preserving our environment. This cogeneration facility creates clean energy from domestically produced gas, which is available in abundance," said Sen. Lautenberg. "I am proud of the 1,250 New Jerseyans who constructed the facility with skill, care and pride, resulting in a state-of-the-art cogeneration plant." The senator is a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Ocean and Water Protection.
 Sen. DiFrancesco recognized the quality craftsmanship and earnest labor of the more than 1,000 New Jersey craftsmen who constructed the Linden cogeneration facility. "New Jersey should be proud of its skilled labor force, which met the challenge of building a state-of- the-art cogeneration facility within budget and on schedule," said N.J. Sen. DiFrancesco. Also participating in the ceremony were New Jersey Assemblyman Robert Franks (R-22), James Ware, assistant deputy commissioner of the state Department of Labor, and Linden Mayor John Gregorio.
 The $500 million plant, which is expected to begin operating in June of 1992, is the largest non-utility owned power plant in the country. The plant will use natural gas as fuel to power five turbines, producing 614 megawatts of electricity for Consolidated Edison in New York and up to a million pounds of steam per hour for use in Exxon's Bayway complex.
 "We at Cogen Technologies are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the people of New Jersey to construct a plant that will provide a clean and efficient new source of energy," said McNair. "The Linden project is an excellent example of the independent power industry, organized labor and regulated electric utilities working together to build new and reliable power generation plants," McNair pointed out.
 Neil Boyle, president of the Elizabeth and vicinity Building Trades Council, accepted a plaque from Cogen Technologies on behalf of the craftsmen. The plaque, acknowledging the workers' dedication and skill, will be mounted on the cornerstone of the facility.
 In accepting the plaque Boyle said, "During these difficult economic times, we are grateful for the opportunity Cogen Technologies has created for New Jersey craftsmen. This project has provided pay checks rather than unemployment checks for nearly 1,300 New Jersey families for more than a year."
 Cogen Technologies also operates a 165-megawatt cogeneration plant in Bayonne, which provides steam to International Matex Tank Terminal and electricity to Jersey Central Power & Light Co., and Public Service Electric & Gas. Early next year, the company will break ground for a 140-megawatt facility in Camden.
 Cogen Technologies was formed in 1983 to develop, own and operate cogeneration projects. The company manages all development, construction and operational services, and maintains a permanent office in New Jersey.
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 /CONTACTS: Robert C. McNair, 713-951-7722 or 908-474-0810, or Ragan Phillips, 908-474-0810, both of Cogen Technologies; or Karen Shapiro or Jennifer Passantino of Coleman & Pellet, 908-687-7767, for Cogen Technologies/ CO: Cogen Technologies ST: New Jersey IN: UTI SU:


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