To serve the increasing demand for electricity by member cooperatives in northwest North Dakota, Basin Electric is adding on to a natural gas-fired peaking station northwest of Williston.
Named for an abandoned school in the area, the location of the new Pioneer Generation Station is near the site of a new natural gas processing plant. The construction project was approved by the Basin Electric board of directors in November 2011.
Pioneer Generation Station is primarily used to support the local transmission system and serve loads developing in the area. The unit incorporates a synchronous clutch. If needed, the turbine can be disconnected from the generator, and the generator acts as a motor, providing much-needed voltage support to the area.
Construction on Phase III of the project and is slated to begin in late spring 2015, and completion is targeted for June 2016.
|Location||Northwest of Williston, ND|
|Technology||Wärtsilä 20V34SG Reciprocating Engine|
|115-kilovolt transmission line|
|Construction||Begin May 2015|
|Planned for June 2016|
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