16 September 2010

Marthon Oil Project set to create Construction Jobs in Detroit

Detroit Free Press

After a lengthy delay, Marathon Oil plans to significantly ramp up work next summer that will expand its oil refinery in southwest Detroit, creating more than a thousand new construction jobs.

The Houston-based oil company is on track to complete the $2.2-billion refinery expansion by the fourth quarter of 2012, said Gary Heminger, Marathon’s executive vice president of downstream operations.

Currently, 650 Michigan concrete contractors are working on the project but those numbers will rise to 1,800 to 2,000 by next summer. The company also has started the process of hiring 135 new employees for the refinery, half of whom will be contract workers.

The expansion of Michigan’s only oil refinery was originally supposed to be completed in this year’s fourth quarter. But in October 2008, Marathon delayed the project because of the downturn in the economy. The refinery supplies 20% of Michigan’s gasoline.

When Michigan concrete construction is complete, the refinery will be able to process 120,000 barrels of oil a day, up from the current 106,000 barrels. But in a major change, most of the oil will be heavier crude from Canada’s oil sands rather than light crude from the Gulf of Mexico, Oklahoma and other areas.

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