An SNC-Lavalin joint venture has been awarded a contract to build a gas-fired power plant in Newark, N.J.

The Montreal-based company said Tuesday that it will provide engineering, procurement, start-up and commissioning services, while partner Skanska is responsible for construction and site management for the 655-megawatt, gas-fired combined cycle power plant.

No value for the contract was provided.

The Newark Energy Center is being developed by a joint venture of Hess Newark Plant Holdings, a subsidiary of Hess Corp., and EIF-NEC, a subsidiary of private equity funds managed by Energy Investors Funds.

The plant will use General Electric combustion gas turbines to generate power and sophisticated emissions control technology to make it one of the cleanest of its kind in the United States, SNC-Lavalin said in a news release. The facility is scheduled to begin generating power in 2015.

"We are proud to support a project that will provide clean, efficient and dependable electricity to the northern New Jersey grid, while bringing new jobs and revenue to Newark," said SNC executive vice-president Patrick Lamarre.

SNC-Lavalin has installed 70 of the GE F-class gas turbines around the world.

The company is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, with projects in some 100 countries.