North Dakota PSC studies Basin proposal for gas-fueled generation

The North Dakota Public Service Commission is considering Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s plan to build 90MW of new gas-fired generation at the Lonesome Creek station.

One 45-MW gas unit, which was previously approved, is already under construction at the plant site. The cost of the ongoing project has been estimated at $64.5m.

The power station is located 14 miles west of Watford City in McKenzie County. Basin Electric seeks to build two 45-MW simple-cycle combustion turbines and associated infrastructure.

The cooperative filed its notice of intent to construct the project on Nov. 2.

The project is expected to start construction in April 2014 after all the necessary permits have been acquired. The project’s construction/commissioning stage is anticipated to be roughly nine months with an in-service in date anticipated in January 2015.

The estimated cost is $115m, the commission noted Nov. 28 in acknowledging receipt of the Basin Electric filing. The PSC also assessed the cooperative a filing fee.

Basin Electric is responding to the accelerated growth of power requirements in northwest North Dakota. This generation project will provide increased load generation capacity and overall system reliability in the region.

Basin Electric intends to file the application for certificate of site compatibility in 2013.

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