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About Stanton Station

Stanton Station, named for its proximity to Stanton, North Dakota, is located on a 250-acre site on the bank of the Missouri River.

The plant – which has one turbine generator rated at 188 megawatts – began operating in 1966 with one boiler. A second “supplemental” boiler was added in 1982.

Stanton Station uses approximately 850,000 tons of coal each year to generate electricity.

Stanton Station has approximately 65 employees who operate the plant reliably and efficiently, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

How the plant works

The boilers send steam to the turbine at pressures of under 1,800 pounds per square inch and at a superheated temperature of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The turbine-generator rotates at 3,600 rpm, generating alternating current at 18,000 volts, which is raised to 230,000 volts in the main transformer.

Stanton Station installed a new state-of-the-art controls system in 2009.

Safety policy

Great River Energy considers no phase of operation or administration as being of greater importance than the safety and well being of its employees. It is the policy of Great River Energy to provide the necessary resources to maintain safe and healthful working conditions and to follow operating practices that will safeguard all employees.

Environmental performance

Stanton Station’s boilers are equipped with particulate removal systems. The supplemental boiler has a sulfur dioxide scrubber. In addition, the power plant features state-of-the-art emissions monitoring systems.

Efforts continue to reduce emissions as Great River Energy is directly participating in more than $20 million worth of mercury research projects at Stanton Station and Coal Creek Station to characterize, measure and reduce mercury emissions.

Coal combustion products

Fly ash from Stanton Station is used to solidify liquid oil waste and for soil stabilization projects, which reduces the need for clay.

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Power plant program

Stanton Station supports Bismarck State College’s Power Plant Technology Program.

Through this program, students learn all phases of the industry, including how to operate, repair and maintain all types of power plant equipment. Stanton Station employs a number of graduates of the college’s Power Plant Technology Program.

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