Leland Olds Station

Leland Olds Station

Type: Baseload

Fuel: Coal

Location: Stanton, ND

Output: 669 megawatts

The Leland Olds Station is Basin Electric's first power plant. The station was named for former Federal Power Commission chairman, Leland Olds. (Learn more about Leland Olds in the history section of our website.)

When Leland Olds Station Unit 1 went on-line in 1966, it was the largest lignite-based power plant (222 megawatts) in the Western Hemisphere. Leland Olds Station Unit 2, a 447-megawatt unit located adjacent to Unit 1, began commercial operation in 1975.

When Unit 1 was built, it cost $36 million; Unit 2 construction cost $109 million.

The station is located four miles southeast of Stanton, North Dakota, along the Missouri River. Leland Olds Station is the only power plant in North Dakota that uses a "v-slot" coal unloading system. This v-shaped hopper and enclosure automatically unloads six rail cars at a time. It takes about one hour to unload a 60-car train.

Leland Olds Station consumes lignite provided by Dakota Coal Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Basin Electric. Dakota Coal rails coal from the Freedom Mine near Beulah, North Dakota, located about 30 miles west of Leland Olds. The Freedom Mine is owned and operated by The Coteau Properties Company. Leland Olds also blends sub-bituminous coal from the Powder River Basin.

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