Bakken Area Program Management

As owner's engineer, HDR authored new substation standards.
As owner's engineer, we authored new substation standards. Standards are imperative because engineers are producing roughly twice as many substations per person than usual.
As owner's engineer, HDR authored new substation standards.
As owner's engineer, we authored new substation standards. Standards are imperative because engineers are producing roughly twice as many substations per person than usual.
Fast-paced work accommodates the rapid expansion of electrical infrastructure.
HDR's fast-paced work in the Bakken region of North Dakota accommodates the rapid expansion of electrical infrastructure.
Program management accommodates rapid infrastructure expansion.
North Dakota is experiencing an economic boom fueled by access to the voluminous Bakken Oil Shale.
Program management accommodates rapid infrastructure expansion.
North Dakota is experiencing an economic boom fueled by access to the voluminous Bakken Oil Shale.
HDR is integrating an array of critical services for new transmission.
HDR is integrating an array of critical services for new transmission. Work is executed using the spirit of a design-build model, where environmental compliance, engineering, land acquisition and construction occur nearly simultaneously.
Program management accommodates rapid infrastructure expansion.
North Dakota is experiencing an economic boom fueled by access to the voluminous Bakken Oil Shale.
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative
North Dakota, USA

Empowering the Bakken

The shale oil boom brought 30,000 new workers to the Bakken, but we didn't blink. We've streamlined the rapid expansion of the area's electrical infrastructure to meet 50 percent increases in electrical loads annually, well above the typical 1 to 2 percent growth.

Working closely with Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative (MWEC), we've integrated an array of critical services using the spirit of a design-build model to responsibly build the power delivery systems required to meet the community's electric needs and keep the lights on. Environmental compliance, engineering, land acquisition and construction occur nearly simultaneously to quickly and safely get us all to the end goal of putting 165 miles of new transmission, 300 to 500 miles of distribution and nearly 30 substations into operation in MWEC's service area.

Our program manager recently stated, "What is going on in the Bakken area cannot be described; it must be experienced. The work we are doing now is the tip of the iceberg. With this recent boom, the region's rural electric cooperatives are under unprecedented pressure. HDR is contributing an extraordinary work effort to effectively support MWEC, a trusted client for over 35 years."

Key program highlights:

  • Environmental and GIS experts delineated whooping crane habitat, working collaboratively with design teams to develop transmission line marking plans.
  • As owner's engineer, we authored new substation standards. Standards are imperative because engineers are producing roughly twice as many substations per person than usual.
  • Real estate and land acquisition information is being managed through HDR's proprietary iREALM program, which has helped to plan and acquire more than 300 easements.
  • Creation of protective coordination schemes that provide sectionalizing and coordination for the power system.
  • Hundreds of miles of distribution line staking and design across the region.
  • Long-range and short-term joint system planning with regional cooperatives.
  • Professional Services: Commissioning, Engineering & Design, GIS, Owner's Engineer, Planning
  • Project Type: Power Delivery, Substation, Transmission
  • Related Projects: Oil & Gas, Power, Power Delivery, Upstream