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Southern bankruptcy trust to dismantle $85 million gas plant

Associated Press

Billings Gazette

HELENA — A little-used gas-fired power plant built by the Southern Montana Electricity Generation and Transmission Cooperative and at least partly blamed for the wholesale electricity supplier's 2011 bankruptcy will be taken apart and resold for its parts.
HGS Holding Trust entered a dismantling and sale agreement with ProEnergy Solutions for the 46-megawatt Highwood Generating Station near Great Falls, officials with both the trust and the Sedalia, Missouri-based company said Tuesday.
Neither Trustee Dean Swick nor ProEnergy president of energy parts solutions Bill Mars would disclose the price paid for the plant, which SME borrowed $85 million to build. "After exploring various liquidation strategies, the Trust, with the support of Southern, has determined dismantling and removing HGS will best maximize its value," Swick said in a statement.
ProEnergy Solutions is a service and equipment provider for the power-generation and oil and gas industries. The company plans to dismantle the Highwood plant beginning later this month and resell the assets - buildings, equipment, poles and wires - to a power company or companies that can use them, Mars said.
"We don't have a buyer currently," he said.
The deal does not include the 197 acres where the plant is located. The land will likely be sold later, Swick said.

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