Passersby of the facilities located near Beulah, ND, will notice construction on a natural gas pipeline spanning more than three miles from one facility to the other. Construction began Sept. 6 on the 10.75-inch diameter steel pipeline. The pipeline route starts at the Synfuels Plant’s metering station located southwest of the plant, then parallels the Synfuels plant on the south and west, and enters the Antelope Valley Station plant site from the north.
Project Manager Tyler Schilke, Basin Electric mechanical engineer III, says the route of the pipeline is unique. “This pipeline is different from Basin Electric’s other pipelines because it is the only one that will run from one facility to the other. Pipelines at Basin Electric’s other facilities run from one facility to Northern Border Pipeline,” Schilke says.
The pipeline will comply with the new rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address changes in the Clean Air Act emissions requirements for electric utilities and other industries during periods of startup, shutdown or malfunction. Antelope Valley will use natural gas instead of fuel oil during these periods.