North Dakota’s 5 lignite coal mines produced 27.2 million tons of lignite coal in 2019, which was an eight p.c drop from the 29.7 million tons mined in 2018 and the 29.1 million tons mined in 2017. The discount was largely the results of main outages that occurred at numerous energy vegetation and the turnaround on the Nice Plains Synfuels Plant in the course of the previous 12 months.
North Dakota has seven lignite-based energy vegetation, which encompass 12 particular person models. Usually, every unit has a serious outage each three years. For comparability, three years in the past, the lignite mines produced 27.7 million tons in 2016.
The Coyote Creek Mine produced 1.7 million tons in 2019 with the drop-off in severed coal as a result of a serious deliberate outage final spring on the adjoining Coyote Station, south of Beulah. Different energy vegetation that had main outages in 2019 included the Heskett Station by Mandan, ND, the Antelope Valley Station north of Beulah, the Milton R. Younger Station close to Heart, and the Coal Creek Station between Washburn and Underwood.
“North Dakota’s 5 lignite mines proceed to be a provider of low-cost gasoline for energy vegetation,” stated Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Vitality Council. “The decrease tonnage in 2019 additionally resulted partially from electrical energy produced from different sources together with pure gasoline, wind era and the Garrison Dam, which put strain on lignite-based energy vegetation within the state.”
The biggest lignite mine in america – the Freedom Mine north of Beulah – produced greater than 13.5 million tons of lignite and offered them to the Antelope Valley Station, Leland Olds Station and the Nice Plains Synfuels Plant. All three vegetation are owned by Basin Electrical Energy Cooperative.
North Dakota’s second largest lignite mine is operated by the Falkirk Mining Firm close to Underwood. It produced 7.four million tons in 2019, which have been offered to Nice River Vitality’s Coal Creek Station and Spiritwood Station.
North American Coal Company owns the Freedom Mine, the Falkirk Mine and the Coyote Creek Mine.
The Heart Mine, which is owned and operated by BNI Vitality Inc., produced four.1 million tons in 2019. The mine provides gasoline to the Milton R. Younger Station, which is operated by Minnkota Energy Cooperative.
The smallest mine is Westmoreland’s Beulah Mine, which produced 418,000 kilos for the Heskett Station, owned and operated by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
“The lignite business is exclusive in that our vegetation are typically adjoining to the mines, which reduces, if not eliminates, transportation prices,” Bohrer stated. “It additionally signifies that our state advantages from the roles related from each the mines and the facility vegetation together with low value, dependable electrical energy generated from lignite.”
At present, North Dakota’s seven lignite-based energy vegetation generate sufficient electrical energy to serve greater than 2 million households in North Dakota and surrounding states.
The Lignite Vitality Council is a regional commerce affiliation representing North Dakota lignite producers, electrical utilities and roughly 250 companies offering items and providers to the mines and vegetation. The lignite business generates roughly $5.7 billion in gross enterprise quantity inside the state.
Van Dyke is vice chairman of communications of the Lignite Vitality Council.