Recent Basin Electric Upgrades Address Growing Power Needs

WILLISTON, N.D. – Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced Monday that it has recently completed projects to provide more electrical stability in the Williston Basin.

The Pioneer Generation Station, a natural gas-based peaking station northwest of Williston, started commercial operation a second unit Saturday. The station’s first unit began operating in September and a third unit will be completed later this month. Each unit can generate 45 megawatts of electricity.

Basin Electric’s Lonesome Creek Station west of Watford City began operating in December. Two more units should be running by the end of the year. Each unit can generate 45 megawatts of power.

In 2009, Basin Electric planned to add 400 megawatts of power for the Williston Basin. Now Basin Electric is planning for loads to grow an additional 1,000 megawatts by 2025.

The rapidly growing electrical loads are driven by oil and gas development.