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  Deer Creek Station dedication

A dedication ceremony was held Aug. 16, 2012, at the Deer Creek Station, a 300-net megawatt capacity combined-cycle power plant. The $405-million Deer Creek Station began commercial operation Aug. 1, 2012. There are 28 full-time employees at the plant.

Basin Electric's Deer Creek Station is located in Brookings County, SD.

The power plant uses natural gas delivered via the Northern Border Pipeline and a new 14-mile underground pipeline to the plant. The gas is purchased from Dakota Gasification Company.

Deer Creek is connected to the electric grid by less than one mile of new 345-kilovolt transmission line.

The plant features two turbine-generator sets: one turbine fired by natural gas; the other is driven by steam. Both of the turbines are connected to generators.

Major equipment at the plant includes a combustion turbine fueled by natural gas; a heat recovery steam generator; a steam turbine driven by steam created from the heat of the gas turbine's exhaust; and an air-cooled condenser to cool and convert steam to water for re-use.

Deer Creek Station will operate about 12-16 hours per day, five days a week (more, if during peak load periods).

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Deer Creek Station
20615 484th Avenue
Elkton, SD 57026