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Associated Press, Published June 18 2012

Utility starts work on Williston power plant

BISMARCK — Basin Electric Power Cooperative has started work on a natural gas-fueled plant that will help meet the oil industry's electric power demands.

The Pioneer station will be built about 15 miles northwest of Williston. It will be near a natural gas processing plant that's also under construction.

They'll both be tied into a rural cooperative electric substation.

Project manager Myron Steckler says the new Pioneer station will be capable of generating 45 megawatts of power.

Basin hopes to have it operating by early 2013.

Natural gas has become a more popular fuel for electric generation because its price has been going down in recent months.

Basin Electric is based in Bismarck. It supplies wholesale power to rural electric cooperative customers.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.