Calumet to produce renewable diesel at Montana refinery

By Erin Voegele | February 18, 2021

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on Feb. 16 announced plans to produce renewable diesel at its petroleum refinery in Great Falls, Montana. The company is expected to discuss the project during its fourth quarter earnings call on March 3.

A statement released by Calumet on Feb. 16 indicates that the company believes its Great Falls location, which connects western agriculture with West Coast and Canadian clean products markets, presents one of the most compelling opportunities for renewable diesel production in North America.

The company said it expects that the oversized hydrocracker built in 2016 can be reconfigured to process 10,000 to 12,000 barrels per day of renewable feedstock at the lowest capital cost per barrel of any announced industry project. The company explained that hydrocracker conversions are typically faster to market, cheaper and less technically challenging. The planned configuration of the facility could retain 10,000 to 12,000 barrels per day of low-cost Canadian crude processing.