Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a 19 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) in Sidney, Montana. New generation capacity is needed to meet the growing electricity demand in Montana-Dakota’s service area. The power plant will be fast-track delivered and is scheduled to be fully operational during the fall of 2015.
The power plant will add large internal combustion engine (ICE) based generation to Montana-Dakota Utilities’ portfolio. The plant will comprise of two Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas.
The vast shale oil reserves of the Bakken formation, along with the successful use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking have led to an unprecedented economic boom in Montana and North Dakota, and hence the significant growth in electricity use. In October 2014, Wärtsilä announced a contract with Basin Electric Power Cooperative for a 112 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to be installed in Williston, North-Dakota – also in the Bakken area.
Wärtsilä’s total installed generating capacity in the United States is currently some 2,400 MW.