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Calumet chooses Haldor Topsoe for Great Falls renewable diesel project

Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries has announced that US-headed Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (Calumet) a leading independent producer of specialty hydrocarbon and fuels products, has chosen to use Haldor Topsoe’s "HydroFlex" solution for a revamp of an existing hydrocracker at its Great Falls Refinery, Montana (MT) to produce 12 000 barrels per day of renewable diesel.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (Calumet) has chosen to use Haldor Topsoe’s “HydroFlex” solution for a revamp of an existing hydrocracker at its Great Falls Refinery, Montana (MT) to produce renewable diesel (photo courtesy Calumet).

Calumet has decided to convert a large portion of its Great Falls Refinery business into renewable feedstock processing, initially on soybean oil feedstock with an end goal to integrate into local farm and ranch operations for other renewable feedstocks. The company is currently building a coalition of stakeholders for the fast-track project which aims to be producing renewable diesel in the spring of 2022.

We are excited to support Calumet as they transition to the production of renewable fuels for the North American markets. Our HydroFlex solution is designed to produce diesel based on renewable feedstock, with a minimal Carbon Intensity (CI score) compared to traditional diesel, said Henrik Rasmussen, Managing Director, The Americas, Haldor Topsoe.

According to Calumet, the existing oversized hydrocracker, which was built in 2016, is ideal for redevelopment service while metallurgy is already capable for all feedstocks. Furthermore, storage and logistical infrastructure for both renewable and conventional feedstock and products are already in place while the advantaged location gives access to feedstock sourcing across several states and provinces in the United States and Canada.

Although investments will be required for a new renewable hydrogen plant and feedstock pre-treatment unit, Calumet estimates that the installed capital cost (US$/capacity-barrel) will be amongst the lowest for comparable conversions.

We have chosen Haldor Topsoe’s market-leading HydroFlex technology for this exceptional project that will allow us to lead the energy transition economy beginning in the Pacific Northwest. This growth project and our vision to source feedstocks locally will create value for the city of Great Falls; Calumet; the state of Montana; and North American low carbon fuel markets, said Bruce Fleming, EVP, Calumet.

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