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Basin Electric wants new ND power plant

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Basin Electric Power Cooperative wants to build a new electric power plant near Watford City in western North Dakota.

The project includes two turbines that would be powered by natural gas. They would be capable of generating up to 90 megawatts of electricity.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission said Wednesday it's received a notice from Basin that it wants to build the project. The commission must approve the plans before construction starts.

Commission Chairman Brian Kalk says power providers have been looking for ways to meet the rising demand for electricity in western North Dakota's oil country.

Basin wants to start building the plant in April 2014, and have it running by January 2015.

It would be in McKenzie County, about 14 miles west of Watford City.