Natural gas-fired peaking plant breaks ground

Construction has begun on Basin Electric Co-op’s 45 MW Pioneer Generation Station, a natural gas-fired peaking station in North Dakota.

The Pioneer Generation Station will primarily be used to support the local transmission system and serve loads developing in the area. It will use a GE (NYSE: GE) LM6000 turbine in simple-cycle mode. The plant will be built next to the Stateline I gas processing facility that is currently under construction, and both facilities will be tied into a Mountrail-Williams Electric Co-op substation.

Basin Electric received approval from the Williams County Commission for a zoning change and Conditional Use Permit on April 3, 2012. The North Dakota Department of Health issued a Permit to Construct March 13, 2012, for Pioneer. Commercial operation is planned for early 2013.

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