Great Falls

Oct 12, 2013 6:11 PM by KRTV

Calumet refinery plans to triple capacity in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has received an air quality permit application for the expansion of Calumet Montana Refining Company in Great Falls.

The company is planning on tripling its operational capacity at its Great Falls facility.

According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the expansion project would mean an increase of the fuels capacity at the refinery from 9,500 barrels per stream day (BPSD) crude throughput to 30,000 BSPD.

The proposed expansion also includes three new processing units: a new crude unit that will process heavy sour crudes, a mild-hydrocracker for converting gas-oil to higher value distillates, and a hydrogen plant to support the mild-hydrocracker.

The refinery, located along Smelter Avenue and the 9th Street Bridge, currently employs about 100 people.

CORRECTION: We initially reported that DEQ had approved the air quality permit; we have since learned that DEQ issued a permit for temporary holding tanks for the expansion, but the air quality permit has only been submitted and not yet approved.

(August 13, 2013) Calumet Montana Refining is investing $275 million in its Great Falls refinery to double capacity and add 30 new jobs, according to the Great Falls Development Authority.

Brett Doney, the president and CEO of the GFDA, said in an email to KRTV: "This investment is a tremendous boost to the City's tax base, creates excellent high wage jobs, boosts our construction industry and creates new opportunities for further economic growth."

Doney said that in addition to oil refining, Calumet Specialty Products produces ingredients for more than 3,500 consumer products.