Basin Electric moving forward with new natural gas unit


Lonesome Creek Station is about to get a little less lonesome.

At their January board meeting, Basin Electric directors authorized a sixth 45-megawatt natural gas generation unit to be added to the generation facility near Watford City, North Dakota, to help support members’ load growth, which has grown at twice the rate of the rest of the United States for the past several years.

Trent Schwahn, Basin Electric electrical engineer III and Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6 project coordinator, says the project can come together relatively quickly, because when Units 4 and 5 were constructed in 2015 and 2016, provisions were put in place to easily add a sixth unit. “We have the land which has already been graded, the pipeline is already in place, and we know the approximate cost,” Schwahn says.

In addition, the staff is already there and familiar with the facility, and there is an existing operations and maintenance building with spare parts on inventory. As an added bonus, General Electric had the exact turbine and generator package as is being used on Units 1-5 in stock, which shaved three to six months off the project schedule.

Read more about what needs to be done to get Lonesome Creek Station unit 6 running in the Spring 2020 issue of Basin Today: Basin Electric moving forward with Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6.

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