Oil drilling rigs can be found throughout northwestern North Dakota
Oil drilling rigs can be found throughout northwestern North Dakota
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North Dakota Makes Advances in Energy

Tour coal mines and the largest lignite coal-fired electric generating plant in the U.S.

Energy production in North Dakota has been making a lot of national headlines. Whether it's wind-energy and landscapes full of wind turbines, or massive amounts of oil found in the Bakken Formation, the words "energy" and "North Dakota" go together.

Visitors to North Dakota will be awe-struck at the fields of wind turbines found throughout the state and the oil rigs found primarily in the west. North Dakota is currently the U.S.'s second-largest producer of crude oil. Learn about the Bakken Formation and the type of oil extraction found here at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Tours of energy sites are mostly handled by appointment only.

North Dakota energy-related must-sees:

Coal Creek Station, Underwood

This is the largest lignite coal-fired electric generating plant in the U.S. The tour of the plant includes turbines, steam generators, modern control room and furnaces which burn coal in suspension at 2,000 degrees.

Garrison Dam, Pick City

This giant hydroelectric dam is on the southeast shore of one of the nation's largest manmade lakes, Lake Sakakawea.

Antelope Valley and Great Plains Synfuels plant, Beulah

Coal-fired electric generating station and the nation's only commercial-scale coal gasification plant. Tours are available.

Coal mines near Center, Underwood and Beulah
Tour the four large mines to view the open pits, draglines, giant conveyers and the reclamation process.

For more information on energy in North Dakota, visit the Department of Commerce website.

Bakken oilfied tours
The Bakken play is the talk of the energy world. Get an up close look at this remarkable energy discovery through tours offered by Dawa Solutions Group and A & B Tours.

For more information on energy in North Dakota, visit the Department of Commerce website.

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