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Pioneer Generation Station

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 Pioneer Generation Station     
April 11, 2013: Pioneer Generation Station construction site.

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.

Project facts

Phase II


Northwest of Williston, ND


90 megawatts


Natural gas


General Electric LM 6000 combustion turbine generator

Estimated cost

$102 million

Grid connection

115-kilovolt transmission line


Planned to begin May 2013

Commercial operation

Planned for Jan. 2014

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