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ND regulators approve peaking station turbines

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved permits for a pair of natural gas-fired turbines to help service electrical needs in the western part of the state.

Basin Electric’s Lonesome Creek Station is a natural gas-based peaking station west of Watford City. The company currently has one turbine in operation and plans to have two others in operation by the end of the year.

Each of the three units has 45 megawatts of generation capacity, giving the station a total rating of 135 megawatts.

The Bismarck-based utility estimates the cost of the project at $102 million.

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