Montana Renewables’ Great Falls Biodiesel Latest Update

What if we had a new meat-packing plant in Montana that could process Montana cattle right here in Big Sky Country? What if we take animal waste from that plant and then use it to make biodiesel at another plant right here in Montana?

This could very well happen with a project currently under construction in Great Falls, MT. I was in Great Falls recently for the Montana Electric Cooperatives Association annual meeting. While in town, I thought this would be a good time to keep up to date with other news from Electric City.

Ron Colwell from Montana Renewables joined us and gave us an update on the major biodiesel fuel project that is co-located with the Calumet refinery in Great Falls:

Colwell: It’s the first renewable diesel in the state of Montana that’s been made in other places. Wyoming already has one and they have announced a second in the Cheyenne area. There are many that have been announced across the country to take advantage of the federal and state tax credits that fuel this initiative.

Our project is mainly in the engineering phase, we are in detail engineering, but we have started some construction activities. We have our partners, the engineering and construction companies Burns and McDonnell and Ref-Chem, who are doing the engineering and have started the construction. So right now we’re mostly moving dirt and pouring some concrete. But as we get into most of the construction this winter, it will continue until Spring 22, when we expect to start actual production of renewable diesel from Spring 2022.

Here’s the full audio of our conversation:

Below is the report from KRTV as the Calumet refinery launched the Montana Renewables project:

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