BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Basin Electric Power Cooperative has laid off about 30 employees in two states.

Twenty-five people were let go at Dakota Gasification Co. and the Antelope Valley Station plant in North Dakota, along with a handful of workers at two locations in Wyoming.

Spokesman Curt Pearson says the company also is offering a two-week window for voluntary buyouts for employees at all locations, after which management will reassess the staffing situation. He says the moves are being made for financial considerations.

Basin Electric employs about 2,300 people.