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    basil parmesan

    W.J. O’Neil Company Awarded Contract At Marathon Refinery
    Mechanical Contractor wins huge process piping project at Detroit facility

    “WJO is proud to be partnering with Marathon to increase the capacity of the Detroit refinery.”

    Livonia, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011
    John M. O’Neil, Vice President of W.J. O’Neil Company, announced that his mechanical contracting firm has been awarded one of the largest process piping jobs in recent Michigan history for Marathon’s Detroit refinery.
    WJO will be installing approximately 120,000 linear feet of pipe, more than 8,500 field welds, major equipment setting, Structural Steel erection, and welding exotic metals including; stainless steel and chrome alloys. The project has a time frame of 14 months, with completion scheduled for May 2012.
    Building Information Modeling (BIM), the latest technology, is utilized on this project for planning and installation coordination. Work crews will be able to access on-site model stations and have the option of using portable laptops to plan ahead, secure material and ensure accuracy during construction.
    “It’s a huge process piping job,” said Project Manager, Mark Kwiatkowski. “We are proud to be partnering with Marathon to increase the capacity of the Detroit refinery.”
    The WJO work is part of Marathon’s Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (DHOUP), which will enable the Detroit refinery to process heavy, more viscous crude oils. As part of the project, Marathon will also construct a 1.5-mile pipeline connection to a crude oil supply primarily from Canada.
    Once the entire DHOUP project is complete, the refinery will increase its capacity from approximately 106,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 115,000 bpd.
    “This is a strong commitment to the Detroit area by Marathon,” added O’Neil. “Our company and my family have deep roots in the area, too, so we’re pleased to be a part of it.”
    From their 25,000-square-foot fabricating facility in Chattanooga, W.J. O’Neil recently completed two large projects for the new automotive plant in Chattanooga for automaker, Volkswagen of America.
    About W.J. O’Neil Company
    The W.J. O’Neil Company delivers the highest quality mechanical solutions to industrial clients. With corporate offices in Livonia, Michigan and a regional office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, WJO specializes in solving complex, highly technical projects with outstanding design-build services. The firm also offers process piping, HVAC, plumbing, piping fabrication, and 24-hour service. For more information and to review our award-winning portfolio of projects, visit

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    Charles Randall

    Here is update on the $2.2 Billion MAP Detroit Refinery Heavy Oil Upgrading Project (DHOUP) which includes adding a 28 MBD 2 drum delayed coker (not mentioned in this article on mechanical contract). The Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade project started in mid-2008 shortly after MAP started the Garyville 180 MBD expansion & 44 MBD coker addition project but the Detroit project was temporarily halted in Feb 2009 due to poor economic conditions which delayed completion from 2010 until 2012. 
    This project is more than 40% complete and the 2 coker drums arrived from Spain and were installed by Detroit’s Local 169 boilermakers in December 2010. This update reports the project will be competed by May 2012. Fluor is the EPC contractor for the project and COP was coker technology for both Garyville & Detroit projects.
    The news update article mentions that the refinery will also add a 1.5 mile pipeline to tap into Canadian Bitumen Crude supply for the refinery. The asphalt refinery will join the ranks of other US upgrades that divert resid bottoms from asphalt and/or fuel oil into coker products which decrease crude requirement by increasing gas/diesel product yields.

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