Picture of Leland Olds StationLocation:

Four miles southeast of Stanton, ND.

Plant description:

Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Leland Olds Station is a lignite-based electric generating station with one pulverized wall-fired boiler and one cyclone boiler. LOS provides baseload electric service, operating 24 hours a day, seven day a week.

Power production capability:

The station has two units totaling 669 megawatts. Unit One is rated at 222 megawatts and Unit Two is rated at 447 megawatts.

Fuel source:

Leland Olds Station annually consumes more than 3 million tons of lignite supplied from the nearby The Coteau Properties Company.

Plant history:

The first unit began commercial operation in June 1966. It was built for $36 million. Unit Two began commercial operation in December 1975 and was built at a cost of $109 million. The plant is named for a former chairman of the Federal Power Commission, who suggested that rural electric systems pool their needs and resources to build large coal-based power plants to supplement the hydroelectric system.

Environmental highlights:

More than $400 million is being invested in environmental equipment to capture sulfur dioxide. Electrostatic precipitators collect particulates, and low-NOx burners were installed on Unit One to reduce nitrogen oxides from the stack. Operational changes were made on Unit Two to reduce NOx emissions by 40 percent.

Recent News

February 1st, 2017
An outside view of the Leland Olds Station.

Leland Olds Station

The addition of a $425 million scrubber that removes about 98 percent of the sulfur dioxide is just one of several environmental upgrades to the Leland Olds Station, explains Jamey Backus, LOS plant manager.
January 27th, 2017
Leland Olds Station

Oldest large lignite-based plant among the state’s cleanest

The Leland Olds Station can trace its roots back to the early 1960s when rural America was starving for electricity. […]