Basin Electric Power Cooperative said Dec. 12 that the Lonesome Creek Station, located west of Watford City, N.D., made important progress on its path to helping meet the rising need for electricity in the Williston Basin.
Lonesome Creek Unit 2 achieved first fire on Dec. 5, and Lonesome Creek Unit 3 achieved first fire on Dec. 10. The 45-MW units, both of them General Electric LM 6000 combustion turbine generators, completed eight hours of operation to burn out the gas path before loading the catalyst.
Myron Steckler, Basin Electric project management and construction director, said that Unit 2 installation of the selective catalytic reduction and catalytic oxidation catalyst systems was completed Dec. 10. Identical systems are planned to be installed in Unit 3 by Dec. 12. Both units will be further tuned and tested by the end of December.
Lonesome Creek Units 2 and 3 are part of Phase II construction at the plant, which was approved by the Basin Electric board of directors in July 2012. The 45-MW Unit 1, which was part of Phase I construction, started commercial operation in December 2013.