Notice of Intent issued for Basin Electric Co-op’s North Dakota project

The Rural Utilities Service on Nov. 2 said it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s proposed Antelope Valley Station to Neset Transmission Project in North Dakota.

The EIS will address the construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed project. The project will include approximately 190 miles of new 345-kV single pole transmission line and double circuit 345-kV/115-kV transmission lines, two new substations, modifications to four existing substations, a 345-kV switchyard, maintenance access and temporary construction roads, and other facilities.

Basin Electric’s proposed project would be located in portions of Billings, Dunn, McKenzie, Mercer, Mountrail, and Williams counties in western North Dakota.

The RUS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to inform the public and interested parties about the proposed project, conduct a public scoping process, and invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action and other issues to be addressed in the EIS.