Power Needed for Bakken Oilfields – ECT.coop

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is making plans to build 190 miles of new transmission, specifically to serve growing demand from oil and gas production. “The load has developed...

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is making plans to build 190 miles of new transmission, specifically to serve growing demand from oil and gas production.

“The load has developed so quickly,” Mike Risan, senior vice president of transmission for the Bismarck-based G&T, reported at the cooperative’s annual meeting Nov. 9.

The proposed project would involve construction of a 345-kilovolt line extending from Basin Electric’s Antelope Valley Station, near Beulah, N.D., to the Williston and Tioga region of North Dakota. At least six distribution co-ops are rapidly extending lines to production sites that require between 30 to 50 kilowatts of power per well.

“We are addressing the issue with a phased approach to avoid the possible risk of overbuilding the transmission system in the event that the growth diminishes,” Risan said.

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