The construction of new turbines is expected to increase the total capacity of the Lonesome Creek Station, which currently consists of one 45 MW simple-cycle combustion turbine, to 135MWs.

North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk said the project will increase the generation capacity and enhance the reliability of the electrical system in the western part of North Dakota.

"Additionally, this is another example of the many beneficial uses of natural gas," Kalk added.

North Dakota Public Service Commission Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said, "These new gas-fired generators are part of a solution to supporting reliability in this region now and in the future."

Basin is planning to start construction on the new turbines in May 2014, following receipt of all necessary permits, for completion later this year.

The cost of construction is estimated at approximately $102m.