Husky suspending Superior refinery rebuild

The Husky Refinery remains shut down. The Husky Refinery remains shut down. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Baihly Warfield
Updated: March 24, 2020 07:59 PM

Husky Energy is suspending the rebuild of the Superior refinery due to COVID-19 concerns.


"We have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, and closely following the advice and direction of health authorities," spokesperson Kim Guttormson said. "At this time, the best course of action is to suspend the work."

Guttormson said the gasoline and diesel terminals are considered essential and will keep operating. Some essential staff will remain on site to maintain facilities like the refinery's wastewater treatment plant.

"We know the decision to suspend work on the project has an impact on many people. We made this decision with the sole focus of the health and safety of our workforce, including contractors, their families and everyone living in our community," the statement said.

It's not clear yet when the project will pick back up. 

The refinery was damaged in an April 2018 explosion and fire. It was set to reopen in 2021. 


Baihly Warfield

Copyright 2020 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved


St. Louis Co. sees first COVID-19 death as fatalities jump statewide

Duluth City Attorney resigns after investigation into statements, management style

Twin Metals donates $21,500 to help during COVID-19 pandemic

Feed the Love: How to help food banks on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

Local attorneys see uptick in requests for estate planning documents

Business slows for local trucking companies during COVID-19 pandemic