The expansion of OPPD's Cass County Station includes a new 6.5-mile water line. OPPD officials briefed Cass County Commissioners on what is expected to be about a 20-inch pipe from a well field along the Missouri River west to the plant on Mill Road northwest of Murray.
County Board Chairman Ron Nolte said OPPD was given time at the meeting so commissioners were informed of the plans and to allow for media coverage before information packets are sent to landowners in the proposed water line corridor.
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OPPD is converting the Cass County Station from a "peaking" station, one that is only put online when energy demand reaches a high point, to a "combined cycle facility"—a station that uses waste heat from the current operation to run a steam turbine and generator. Kenneth Roth of OPPD said the $340 million project would upgrade the Cass County Station to an "intermediate usage" facility. Plans for the upgrade were first announced in November.