Catlettsburg, Ky,
04:55 PM

4 amazing benefits of the Catlettsburg splitter project

Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky., commissioned a new condensate splitter in May. The project, which included the installation of the new splitter unit, condensate storage tanks and dock modifications to facilitate barge unloading, took three years to design, acquire materials and construct. Here are four benefits of the project.

1. It equips the refinery to process more U.S. condensate

The splitter enables the refinery to process more domestically-produced condensate extracted from the shale oil producing regions in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The condensate will be transported to the refinery by barge on the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers.

2. It enhances our viability

“I am very proud of what our Catlettsburg team accomplished with this project,” said Rich Hernandez, Catlettsburg refinery general manager. “The new condensate fractionator allows us to stay competitive and enhances our viability.”

3. It provided jobs and improved the local economy

Hernandez added, “Also, the project employed more than 1,000 construction workers over the two-year construction effort. Since most of these jobs were filled with local labor, the project had a much-needed positive impact on the local economy.”

4. It helps improve our Utica Shale condensate capacity

The project at Catlettsburg is one part of MPC’s efforts to increase its capacity to process condensate from the Utica Shale region. In December 2014, MPC completed construction of a condensate splitter at the Canton refinery. Combined, the Catlettsburg and Canton splitter projects cost approximately $250 million and enable MPC to process 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of condensate (35,000 bpd at Catlettsburg and 25,000 bpd at Canton).


  • 13 miles of pipe with an average diameter of 6 inches was used
  • 400,000 tons of rock was installed on the tank site
  • 3,025 cubic yards of concrete was poured
  • 555 tons of steel was erected
  • 48 miles of wire was run in 10 miles of conduit
  • 4,135 construction drawings were generated