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Construction Begins on Marathon's Detroit Refinery Upgrade Project

Project to Add 400,000 Gallons of Transportation Fuels Daily, Hundreds of Construction Jobs

HOUSTON, June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today announced that construction of the estimated $1.9 billion heavy oil upgrading project at its Detroit refinery is underway following issuance of an air quality permit by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

With expected completion in late 2010, the project will increase the refinery's total capacity from 102,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 115,000 bpd, which will include an additional 80,000 bpd of heavy oil capacity. The increased refining capacity will supply more than 400,000 additional gallons of clean transportation fuels a day to the marketplace.
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Marathon's Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project will require an average of 800 construction workers a day until its completion. In addition, the expansion will increase the refinery workforce by 135 full-time employees. There are 480 full-time employees at the refinery today.

"By sourcing additional crude oil from our North American neighbors in Canada, this important project will provide improved crude oil supply security for Michigan's only refinery.
 
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