NorthWestern Energy’s New Aberdeen Generating Unit in Commercial Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE) announced that its new 60-megawatt, natural gas-fired peaking Unit #2 recently commenced commercial operation in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The plant will provide peaking power during periods of high demand, typically when weather is very hot or cold. With the summer months fast approaching, the plant will be ready to respond when called upon.
“We’re ready to meet our customers’ demand for power with this efficient, scalable new plant that complements and enhances our generation fleet,” said John Hines, Vice President, Energy Supply. “Congratulations to the team of employees, contractors and vendors for completing this project safely, on-time and under budget.”
Finishing work to the project site is still ongoing including fencing, landscaping, paving and some painting. However, all of the electrical upgrades to existing substation, transmission and natural gas pipelines to serve the plant are completed.
The $55 million generating unit joins an existing peaking unit and the expanded site includes a water storage tank, operations and maintenance facility and the new 60MW Pratt & Whitney gas turbine generator. The plant provided work to over 100 people during the course of construction. A dedication ceremony is planned for this summer.
About NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE)
NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 673,200 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. More information on NorthWestern Energy is available on the company’s website at www.northwesternenergy.com.
SOURCE NorthWestern Corporation