Marathon Petroleum Corporations (MPC) $2.2 billion, four-year Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (DHOUP) at its became the largest construction project in Michigan’s history when it was completed in 2012. General contractor Fluor Constructors selected Motor City Electric Co. to perform the electrical installation work for the enormous EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) project located at MPCs Detroit Refinery.
Located near I-75 in southwest Detroit, the 87-year-old refinery covers 250 acres. The upgrade project added new equipment to the refinery enabling it to process heavy and viscous crude oils. The equipment includes:
Additionally, most of the existing processing equipment underwent major upgrades, as did the existing utilities and off-sites. Although the new equipment and upgrades increased capacity, they also reduced emissions below EPA mandated regulations.
Through a property purchase program, MPC purchased many of the residential properties in a neighborhood adjacent to the refinery and maintains the area as a green space available for public use.