L.E.S. Uranium Enrichment Power Plant continues construction in Eunice

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

It may just look like a construction site to you, but in Eunice, it's looks like a lot of money.

The L-E-S Uranium Enrichment Power Plant is going up.

Right now, it's about 20 percent complete.

Even though it's not finished, it's still bringing in some major cash to the town.

Right now, there's more than 600 workers on the job site and about a fourth of them are from New Mexico.

Once the billion dollar plant is up and running sometime next year, there will be plenty more jobs in town to help run it.

"This community has suffered for many decades from the rise and fall of oil prices, which has meant jobs have come and gone many times.  What this facility will bring is stable jobs for a number of people, from 250 to 300, to operate this facility for at least a 30 year period," Reinhard Hinterreither, President of LES, said.

By this Spring, more than 900 workers will be needed at the site.

All those workers are also helping bringing some much needed revenue into Eunice, with people eating, working, and moving there.

Eunice isn't the only one benefitting from the billion dollar plant.

So will all of us.

The plant will provide enough fuel to meet five percent of the Nation's energy needs, making us less dependent on foreign sources.