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MDU plans to close three coal-fired power plants in ND, Montana



BISMARCK, N.D. – Montana Dakota Utilities plans to close three coal-fired power plants at two sites in North Dakota and Montana.

According to MDU, the units will be closed within the next two to three years and a new natural gas combustion turbine built with a simple cycle.

The decision was made as part of the company's resource plan.

The Lewis and Clark station in Sidney, Montana, is expected to close towards the end of 2020. The two units of Heskett Station in Mandan, ND, are expected to close by the end of 2021. The cost of building and operating a new single-stroke combustion turbine is expected to be approximately half the total cost of operating both stations.

Montana-Dakota employs 77 people between the two coal-fired power plants and only 1

0 employees serve the new units.

According to the MDU, employees who want to fill vacancies in other areas of the company are being trained.


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