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Michigan Refining Division

  • Site: Located near I-75 in southwest Detroit on approximately 250 acres
  • History: Built in 1930, by the Aurora Gasoline Company; purchased in 1959 by The Ohio Oil Co. (now Marathon Petroleum) from the late philanthropist Max Fisher; the only refinery in the state of Michigan today; in 2012, completed the Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (DHOUP), increasing the refinery’s crude oil capacity by 14,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd) and its heavy crude oil processing capacity by 80,000 bpcd
  • Refining Capacity: 123,000 barrels per calendar day
  • Crude Oil Supply: Sweet and sour crude oils including Canadian crude oils
  • Operations: Crude distillation, catalytic cracking, hydrotreating, reforming, alkylation, sulfur recovery, and coking
  • Products: Gasoline, distillates, asphalt, fuel-grade coke, chemical-grade propylene, propane, slurry and sulfur
  • Product Distribution: Pipeline, transport truck, rail and barge
  • Employment: Approximately 500 employees and 275 contract workers
  • Current Projects
    • Oakwood Heights Property Purchase Program – MPC has purchased many of the residential properties in a neighborhood adjacent to the refinery and is committed to keeping the area as a green space. Visit for details.

Detroit Refinery Fact Sheet


For additional details on safety & environmental stewardship and community involvement, download the Michigan Refining Division Fact Sheet

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