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MDU plans to retire Mandan coal-fired units in 2021

February 20, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities plans to retire the coal-fired electric generation units at Heskett Station near Mandan in 2021.

MDU said Tuesday the company will replace the coal-fired units with a new natural gas facility.

The Heskett Station employs 47 people and dates to 1954. The station is named for Montana-Dakota Utilities founder R.M. Heskett.

Montana-Dakota says the decision to retire the units followed an analysis of how the company could best provide safe, reliable and low-cost service to customers.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the company also will retire the Lewis & Clark Station at Sidney, Montana, around the end of 2020.

Montana-Dakota plans to build a new 88-megawatt natural gas peaking unit at the Heskett Station. That unit is projected to come online as early as 2023.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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