Basin Electric Power Cooperative said April 8 that two new turbines at the Lonesome Creek Station have achieved first fire.
These newest turbines are adjacent to three existing turbines at the site, bringing the plant’s total generation capacity to 270 MW. Lonesome Creek Station is located west of Watford City, N.D.
Lonesome Creek Station Unit 4 achieved first fire on April 2 and Unit 5 achieved first fire on April 6. The 45-MW units completed eight hours of operation to burn out the gas path before loading the catalyst. First fire means natural gas flowed into the gas turbine was ignited for the first time.
The two units are part of Lonesome Creek Station Phase III construction.