Lonesome Creek Station

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 west of Watford City.

The Lonesome Creek 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 II of the project began in mid-2014, with a target commercial operation date of January 2015.

Construction on Phase III of the project and is slated to begin in late spring 2015, and completion is targeted for June 2016.

Project facts

 Phase III


 West of Watford City, ND


 90 megawatts


 Natural gas


 General Electric LM 6000 combustion turbine generator

 Estimated cost

 $107.9 million

 Grid connection

 115-kilovolt transmission line


 Begin May 2015

 Commercial operation

 Planned for 2017

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