September 5, 2012

Local power plants will keep oil patch in hot water

The hydraulic fracturing process used to make oil recovery easier in the state’s oil patch is getting a much needed resource from local power plants. Great River Energy’s Stanton Station near Stanton and Coal Creek Station near Underwood will use steam from their steam generating plants to heat water, which will be trucked out for use at the well sites. The hot water supply agreement is between SBG Energy Services LLC (SBG) and Headwaters Resources Inc. Headwaters has an agreement with Great River Energy to obtain the hot water. Those agreements have been finalized according to a press release from SBG. Partners in the project are awaiting approval from the state to move ahead with the delivery process. The project is expected to begin in September. Great River Energy’s ND communications supervisor Lyndon Anderson said that Great River Energy is currently doing design and procurement work on the water loading station. Construction will proceed in coordination with permitting activity through the North Dakota Department of Health. “We will start on construction work when we have a permit for the project,” Anderson said. They anticipate it starting this fall.

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