As Michigan strides forward in its quest to become a leader in alternative energy, an old cat has come scratching at its door. According to the Detroit News, Marathon Petroleum has Detroit in its cross hairs for a $1 billion upgrade. According to the News, this advance would create approx. 135 jobs and allow Detroit to process Canadian crude oil.
This would bring over 1,000 construction jobs to the area and should be finished by 2010 if Marathon chooses to move forward. The improvements would bring an additional 15,000 barrels of oil into the facility and would increase Detroit’s oil supply. Marathon is in talks with the City of Detroit in order to get tax breaks and plans on making a decision within a year.
Bottom line this sounds like good news for Detroit. More jobs and more fuel. What more could a city ask for? As alternative energy grows, it’ll be useful to have skilled energy workers who may more easily be able to fill those jobs.