Fire cuts output at Montana refinery

CHS Inc.’s 55,000-b/d Laurel, Mont., refinery is operating at reduced rates following a fire at the plant on Dec. 13.

The morning fire, which broke out in the refinery’s diesel hydrotreating unit, was quickly contained by onsite and regional emergency response teams, and no injuries were reported, CHS said in an e-mail to OGJ.

With the source of the fire still under investigation, CHS will not resume operations in the impacted area of the refinery until a cause has been verified, the company said.

CHS declined to address the impact to production at the plant until further investigation into the incident is completed.

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