Dry Fork Station

Dry Fork Station

Type: Baseload

Fuel: Coal

Location: Gillette, WY

Output: 385 net megawatts

Located 7 miles north of Gillette, WY, the Dry Fork Station is a coal-based electric generation power plant owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative (92.9 percent), and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency, Lusk, WY. (7.1 percent).

Construction on the Dry Fork Station began in 2007. The workforce peaked at about 1,300 in 2009. Among many significant milestones, the safety record during construction included more than 6 million man-hours worked without a lost-time accident.

The plant began commercial operation in 2011.

Sub-bituminous coal from the nearby Dry Fork Mine north of Gillette provides fuel for Dry Fork Station via a conveyor system approximately one mile in length. The station uses pulverized coal (PC) technology and the latest generation of pollution control technologies resulting in very low emissions.

Design capacity of Dry Fork Station is 422 megawatts (MW); however, the maximum net generation is estimated to be 385 MW. One megawatt of capacity is generally considered to be sufficient electric power for 800 homes, so the Dry Fork Station’s output would theoretically provide enough electricity for 308,000 homes.

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