New turbines to arrive soon for third phase of Basin’s Lonesome Creek project

Construction for Basin Electric Power Cooperative‘s Lonesome Creek Station is on schedule, with turbine and generator shipments expected in September and October, said Basin Electric in a Sept. 11 statement.

The Unit 4 turbine and generator are expected to arrive Sept. 14. The Unit 5 turbine and generator are expected to arrive between Sept. 28 and Oct. 10. In addition, power control module buildings for Unit 4 arrived on site the week of Sept. 7, with Unit 5 scheduled the week of Sept. 14, said Darrell Slavick, Basin Electric construction coordinator I.

The two General Electric LM6000 combustion turbine generators, being trucked in from Texas, are part of the 90-MW Phase III expansion at this natural gas-fired peaking station. Phase I for Lonesome Creek, located west of Watford City, N.D., started commercial operation in December 2013. Phase II started commercial operation in January of this year.

As with Phase I and Phase II, the Phase III peaking units are being built to serve the increasing demand for electricity by member cooperatives. Phase III construction began in May 2015, and completion is targeted for June 2016. Right now, within both of these initial phases, the plant consists of a total of three 45-MW units.

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