By Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative says it has started commercial operation of a natural gas-based peaking station northwest of Williston.

Company officials say Pioneer Generation Station Unit 3 will help provide needed electrical stability in the Williston Basin. Unit 1 started commercial operation in September and the plant’s Unit 2 started commercial operation on Feb. The new unit began operations on Saturday.

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

Basin Electric’s Lonesome Creek Station is a natural gas-based peaking station west of Watford City that is also helping to serve electrical needs in the area.

Interim CEO Paul Sukut says the company is building additional generation and transmission and purchasing power to address the tremendous growth.

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