Marathon Petroleum proposes $2.5 billion upgrade for Garyville refinery
If approved, the project includes new hydrotreating, hydrocracking and desulfurization units, along with infrastructure such as buildings, tanks, cooling towers, and rail and electrical facilities.
Described by Marathon Petroleum Co. (MPC) as a Residual Oil
, or ROUX, the
$2.5-billion capital investment would enable the company to
convert heavy residual oil into approximately 1.2 million gpd
of ultra-low-sulfur diesel at the Garyville refinery.
The ROUX project would follow MPCs $3.9-billion
in Garyville, which
represented one of the largest manufacturing project
s in Louisiana history upon
its completion in late 2009. Since that time, the Garyville
doubled its refining
capacity to 522,000 bpd
and is now the third largest US refinery.
After completing feasibility studies, MPC expects to make a
final decision on the project by early 2015. If approved, the
project includes new hydrotreating, hydrocracking and
desulfurization units, along with additional infrastructure
such as buildings, tanks, cooling towers, and rail and
The project would provide additional 304 new indirect jobs,
for a total of more than 360 new jobs.
MPC estimates development of the project
will provide 3,000 new construction
jobs during the
phase. The new jobs
are an addition to the refinery
s existing workforce
of 800 Marathon Petroleum employees and 650 contract workers.
As part of the ongoing feasibility study, Marathon
Petroleum is pleased to be taking this next step of
submitting the permit applications for the Residual Oil
at our Garyville
facility, said Rich Bedell, the companys senior
vice president for refining
. We have been
diligently working with the state and local officials
concerning the various milestones for a project
of this size. If the
company decides to move forward, it is anticipated that the
would begin mid-2015
and to be completed in 2018.
MPC is the nations fourth-largest refiner, with a crude
capacity of approximately
1.7 million bpd in its seven-refinery