Basin Electric working on unit at Leland Olds, new projects at synfuels plant

Basin Electric Power Cooperative said April 10 that the Leland Olds Station Unit 2, located near Stanton, N.D., has started its planned spring maintenance outage.

The outage, expected to run April 4 through May 31, consists of about 450 maintenance work orders. Jamey Backus, Leland Olds plant manager, said that some of the more significant outage projects include rebuilding the coal transport lines into the burner to eliminate coal leaks inside the plant, inspecting the generator and optimizing precipitator flow.

The 669-MW Leland Olds Station is made up of two units: Unit 1 at 222 MW, and Unit 2 at 447 MW.

Also, Basin Electric said April 10 that the expansion of the main warehouse and construction of a new firehouse are under way at Dakota Gasification Co.’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant in North Dakota, with both projects expected to be completed by the end of the year. The warehouse expansion project engineering is about 30 percent complete, according to Beth Schettler, Dakota Gas mechanical and civil engineering supervisor. The expansion will add about 20,000 square feet to the south side of the current warehouse, which is currently about 80,000 square feet.

“Additional space is required as Compound A’s condition deteriorates and we are looking for additional space to store spare parts,” Schettler said. “We haven’t added warehouse space since the original plant was built and we’ve added a lot to the Synfuels Plant with the construction of the ammonia plant, ammonium sulfate facility, carbon dioxide area, as well as other smaller additions.”

The second approved project will allow construction of a new firehouse. The 70-by-130-foot building will be located adjacent to the current protection services facility and Firehouse 1. Firehouse 2 will also be moved to that area. Currently, Firehouse 2 is located in the urea project construction area and will need to be moved for safety reasons.

“The most logical solution was to locate the new firehouse next to the current protection services facility,” Schettler said. “The expansion will be used to house fire extinguishers, fire trucks, equipment and other protection services materials.”

The Dakota Gasification facility converts lignite coal feedstock into various products, including syngas for commercial sale.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.