Stanton Station demolition, restoration complete

Land on the bank of the Missouri River was converted from a field to Stanton Station in the mid-1960s. For half a century, the power plant created reliable energy for Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. Today, the site is fully restored to resemble what it looked like more than 50 years ago.

Nearly three years of demolition and restoration work was completed July 25, marking the final chapter for Stanton Station. Through the entire process, the project exceeded expectations in safety excellence and commitment to environmental stewardship. Now, the plant will be remembered for its excellent employees as well as its service to the local community and member-owners.

The Stanton Station restoration put the industrial site back into a natural landscape.

Environmental restoration complete

Restoration work started in June 2019 by contractor Baranko Brothers.

“The goal of the restoration phase was to restore the land to a natural landscape and vegetation,” said Jennifer Charles, leader, environmental services at Great River Energy.

Although there were some delays due to weather in the fall of 2019, as well as the pandemic, the restoration contractor completed the project in a timely manner, finishing in just under a year.

Project successfully complete

Great River Energy immediately assembled a demolition and restoration team when operations concluded at Stanton Station in 2016.

“Great River Energy did not want the site to become an eyesore to the local community which is why we acted swiftly and safely to the phase of demolition and restoration,” Senior Project Manager Rich Garman said.

The demolition contractor mobilized in November 2017 and demolished the majority of the plant in late 2018. Through the demolition phase, more than 98% of the building material was recycled, including 16,000 tons of iron and 400 tons of nonferrous material.

With so much material to be demolished, safety was a priority from the beginning. Crews worked safely for more than 60,000 hours.

“Throughout the various stages of the project, team members and contractors continually met and exceeded our expectations,” Garman said. “In addition to the work completed and safety records, we also finished this project on time and 20% below budget.”

The project also gained public attention as it earned the Public Service Commission’s North Dakota Reclamation award.