Calumet: Normal operations resumed; fire result of cold weather

Calumet Montana Refining has resumed full refinery operations following a fire on March 7.

“All units have now been repaired and restarted. Calumet has determined that the fire was the result of a period of unusually prolonged cold weather. The refinery continues to implement winterization practices to ensure safe operations,” according to a Thursday morning release from Calumet.

“Safety is our top priority every day,” Plant Manager Wayne Leiker said in a release. “Throughout this incident and the repair work, we have continued to emphasize safety above everything else. Our partnership with local emergency personnel from Great Falls Fire and Rescue, Great Falls Police Department, and the Sheriff’s office allowed a prompt and capable response.”

Calumet regularly practices response drills with these partner agencies to prepare for fires, severe weather events and other challenges that may impact plant operations. No injuries or environmental impact resulted from the fire, according to the release.