Twenty-five of Basin Electric’s newest employees hopped aboard a bus Aug. 6 to tour Basin Electric plants and sites in western North Dakota.
Stops on the tour included:
- Transmission System Maintenance (TSM) – Mandan
- Leland Olds Station, Stanton
- Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Beulah
- Antelope Valley Station, Beulah
- Freedom Mine, Beulah
The tour educated Basin Electric’s newest recruits about its role in the energy industry. Attendees learned about this history of each plant, how they work and the products made. In addition, they learned about the services provided from the TSM shop in Mandan and how coal is mined at the Freedom Mine.
The tour also helped employees connect their jobs at Headquarters with operational aspects at the plants.
Calli Scheller, account analyst in Financial Services, says the tour was beneficial to her because she was able to see some of the equipment and other assets that she often sees on paperwork, but wasn’t familiar with until the tour.
“Working in capital assets, I see the paperwork for all big purchases made by Dakota Gas or the plants,” Calli says. “This tour was great because I got to see in person some of the assets I’ve seen on paper like boilers and scrubber units, and now I know what they look like, what they do and how they’re used. In addition, I saw holding tanks with their asset tag numbers on them and can see how they correlate with our software.”