BISMARCK, N.D. – Montana Dakota Utilities plans to close three coal-fired electrical generation units at two locations in North Dakota and Montana.
MDU says the units will close within the next two to three years, and a new, simple cycle of natural gas combustion turbine will be built.
The decision was made as part of the company's resource plan.
The unit at Lewis and Clark station in Sidney, Mont., Is expected to close near the end of 2020. The two units at the Heskett station in Mandan, ND, are expected to close at the end of 2021.
MDU says the total cost when building and operating a new single-cycle combustion turbine, it is expected to be about half the total cost of continuing to drive both stations.
Montana-Dakota employs 77 people between the two coal stations, and only 1
MDU says it will offer training to employees who want to fill open positions in other areas of the company.