The Pioneer Generation Station and Lonesome Creek Station are two natural gas-fired peaking power plants located in Western North Dakota. Both plants consist of three units with 45 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity each. Basin Electric Power Cooperative retained Wanzek Construction as a prime contractor for Unit I of both the Pioneer Generation Station and Lonesome Creek Station. The $20.4 million Pioneer Generation Station Unit I was contractually required to achieve commercial operation on March 30, 2013, and the $19.4 million Lonesome Creek Station Unit I was contractually required to achieve commercial operation on May 30, 2013. However, numerous delays occurred during the projects, and the commercial operation dates were not achieved thereby resulting in a dispute between Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Wanzek Construction.
Pioneer Generation Station Unit I achieved commercial operation on September 4, 2013, and Lonesome Creek Station Unit I achieved commercial operation on November 8, 2013. In February 2014, McLaughlin & McLaughlin retained Spire to assist with the schedule delay analysis on behalf of Wanzek Construction for the Lonesome Creek Station and Pioneer Generation Station project. Spire assisted in performing a time impact analysis (TIA) to quantify and allocate the days of delay that occurred during each project. In addition, Spire developed time impact narratives and a presentation of findings, including demonstrative aids for each project.