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Billings Refinery

The Billings Refinery is one of five ExxonMobil refineries in the United States and covers 720 acres of Central Montana land.

About our facilities

The Billings Refinery started operations in 1949 and averaged 20,000 barrels per day of crude oil. In 1954, the installation of the first fluid coker in the world enabled the refinery to take advantage of heavy crude. Since that time, the refinery has grown to include 18 major processing units, increasing this facility’s production to roughly 60,000 barrels per day of crude oil and 450 million gallons of gasoline annually.

The refinery purchases millions of dollars of crude oil annually – primarily from suppliers in Wyoming and Alberta, Canada – and produces a diverse set of products, including: all grades of gasoline, conventional gasoline blendstocks for blending with ethanol, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuels, asphalt, butane and propane.

Employing industry-leading technologies, refined products from the Billings Refinery are distributed throughout the region, including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Washington and Idaho. Some products are occasionally distributed to Canada.

Our history

In 1947, Carter Oil Company began construction on what is now known as the ExxonMobil Billings Refinery. The bank of the Yellowstone River east of Billings was a perfect location for one of Montana’s most complex Rocky Mountain refineries.

Since the refinery’s beginning, it has been a premier facility distributing refined products such as gasoline and diesel fuel across the Rocky Mountain region.

Our community partnership

At the Billings Refinery, employees spend countless hours volunteering at various non-profit agencies, schools and community organizations, while the company provides financial support through annual contributions and grants.

Every year, our employees act as caring neighbors by dedicating more than 6,000 hours to charitable endeavors and earning more than $90,000 in grants for the community through ExxonMobil’s Volunteer Involvement Program.

Employees, retirees and family members contribute to local universities, colleges and schools. In turn, those educational institutions receive matching grants from the company – totaling about $200,000 annually – through the ExxonMobil Educational Matching Program and Education Alliance Fund.

Other sponsorships, contributions and outreach efforts add another $300,000 annually.

Safety and health

Maintaining a refinery is like overhauling a vehicle while the motor is still running. Although there are a number of hazards involved, employees undergo extensive safety training. Safety is fundamental at the Billings Refinery, where we have a simple goal: “Nobody gets hurt.”

Some choose to take safety training further, and use these training opportunities to give back to the community in case of an emergency.

Billings Refinery supports a volunteer unified emergency response team, including a full-time emergency response supervisor, a 24-member fire brigade, a 10-member rescue squad and a 12-member oil-spill response team.

Training includes advanced oil-spill recovery on rivers, emergency medical response with high-angle rope rescues and industrial firefighting. The teams are continually available through a 24-hour text messaging system.

Partner in environmental quality

The Billings Refinery participates in a number of initiatives supporting corporate stewardship of the environment.

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review Consent Decree, the Billings Refinery has invested in several large-scale, multimillion dollar environmental projects that significantly mitigate emissions.

Environmental technology is also an integral part of operations at the Billings Refinery. In order to meet and exceed regulations that govern air, water and waste control, environmental engineers monitor and support refinery operations.