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    Marathon Ashland Petroleum Expands

    The company is investing in new capital project for its Detroit refinery.

    FINDLAY, Ohio -- Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) is investing approximately $300 million in its 74,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Detroit refinery. One project, a $110-million expansion, is expected to raise the crude-oil throughput at the refinery by 35 percent, to 100,000 bpd, the petroleum marketer announced.

    The expansion will incorporate the latest technology to produce new low-sulfur gasoline grades and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Other projects are expected to further control regulated air emissions, the company said. MAP will obtain financing to fund these improvements.

    "With this major capital investment, MAP is demonstrating our strong commitment to Michigan's motoring public, our customers and our employees," said Gary R. Heminger, president of MAP, whose wholly owned subsidiary Speedway SuperAmerica operates approximately 1,770 convenience stores. "The state of Michigan and city of Detroit officials also committed significant financial support to MAP by granting a Renaissance Zone designation for the state's only remaining refinery. The designation was a pivotal factor in our decision to proceed with these projects."

    Construction is expected to start in early 2004 with completion scheduled for 2005. The plant's processing configuration allows for running heavy sweet crude oil as well as sour crude oil.

    MAP is the nation's sixth-largest refiner with a capacity of 935,000 bpd in its seven-refinery system. MAP's retail marketing system includes approximately 6,000 locations in 15 states, more than half of which are Marathon-branded locations. With 86 light product and asphalt terminals and access to approximately 8,000 miles of pipeline, MAP serves the Midwest and Southeast.

    MAP is a limited liability company 62 percent owned by Marathon Oil Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corp., and 38 percent owned by Ashland Inc.

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