• Ron Kotrba

Marathon starts up newly converted renewable diesel refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota

Marathon Petroleum Corp. has begun startup of its newly converted 12,000 barrel per day (184 MMgy) renewable diesel refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota. The company made the announcement in its Q3 financials released Nov. 2, in which it declared a $1 billion loss for the quarter.


Photo: Marathon Petroleum Corp.

"As we navigate these challenges, we remain focused on the aspects of our business within our control," said Michael J. Hennigan, president and CEO. "First, we strengthened the competitive position of our assets by advancing our investments in renewables. Our Dickinson renewable fuels facility is starting up."


In 2017, under the ownership of Tesoro, the existing oil refinery began a Phase 1 conversion, which included coprocessing renewable diesel with petroleum diesel.


In fall 2018, Marathon Petroleum acquired the refinery and has been working to complete Phase 2, full conversion to renewable diesel production, for the past two years. The facility is using soybean oil and other organically derived feedstocks for renewable diesel manufacturing.


Last month, Marathon Petroleum also announced it would seek permitting to convert its existing oil refinery in Martinez, California, to produce more than 700 MMgy of renewable diesel by 2023.


"With respect to the conversion of our Martinez refinery into a renewable diesel facility," Hennigan said, "we filed for permits, progressed feedstock supplier discussions, and began detailed engineering activities."


In addition to these projects, Marathon Petroleum owns a 70 MMgy biodiesel plant in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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