R.M. Heskett StationLocation:

Two miles north of Mandan, North Dakota.

Plant description:

Heskett Station is a lignite-based electric generating station with two boilers – the smaller is a spreader stoker and the larger is a fluidized bed. The Station provides baseload electric service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Power production capability:

The station has two units with a combined rating of 100 megawatts.

Fuel source:

The Heskett Station consumes about 500,000 tons of lignite anually, which is trained to the station from the Dakota Westmoreland Corporation’s Beulah Mine.

Plant history:

The first unit of the Heskett Station went on line in 1954 and has a capacity of 25 megawatts. The second unit went on line in 1963 and is rated at 75 megawatts. The plant is named for R.M. Heskett, the founder of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

Environmental highlights:

An elctrostatic precipitator was added to the Heskett Station in 1976. The fluidized bed technology installed on the second unit’s boiler in 1986 allows for the reduction of sulfur dioxide emissions.