Basin Electric wants to expand Williston-area power station

 Basin Electric wants to expand Williston-area power station

Caption: Pioneer Generating Station

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative wants to expand the capacity of its 135-megawatt Pioneer Generating Station about 15 miles northwest of Williston.

The state Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Williston on Monday on the $161 million proposal, for people to express concerns or support for the project and ask questions.

Basin wants to construct up to 12 gas engines that would run on natural gas supplied to the site by an existing pipeline. The project would have the capability of generating up to 111 megawatts of electricity. The new engines would be constructed adjacent to three existing turbines at the site.

The Pioneer Generating Station is a peaking station, meaning it provides extra electricity needed during times of high demand.

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