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Highwood Generating Station to be dismantled

By Richard Ecke

Great Falls Tribune

A natural gas-fired power plant east of Great Falls will be dismantled, a Cascade County official said he’s been told.
Public Works Director Brian Clifton said Monday he met three or four weeks ago with Dean Swick, who is listed as a managing partner of a global professional services firm Alvarez and Marsal North America.
“The way I understand it, the unit and all the equipment’s been sold,” Clifton told the Tribune. “They just sat down with us.” The representatives wanted to know if Cascade County required any permits to move large pieces of the power plant through the county; Clifton told them a county permit was not required.
Cascade County then referred the company to the Montana Department of Transportation to see what types of permits might be needed for large loads to traverse state roads, Clifton said.
It remained unclear when the plant actually might be dismantled, when the pieces of the plant might be transported across the state, the identity of the purchaser or the sale price. Swick could not be reached Monday. Under agreements forged in a longstanding federal bankruptcy case, money from the sale will go to bond-holders who lent the defunct Southern Montana Electric Generation & Transportation Cooperative $85 million to build the ill-fated plant, which rarely ran.

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