June 27–CATLETTSBURG — Marathon Petroleum Company unveiled its brand new central control building on Tuesday–a project that represents a $50 million investment in the local community.
The facility’s construction began in August 2016 with the purpose of housing all operators under one roof instead of their past conditions of working in various control rooms in the refinery. Refinery general manager Brad Levi said 13 operators and two supervisors are now working around the clock in the building.
“We’re running 300 acres of this complex from this building,” said Levi.
The facility, measuring a little over 35,000 square feet, also doubles as an office complex, housing 80 employees in the daytime.
Levi pointed out that the building shows Marathon’s devotion to its future operations.
“I really view this facility as a continued commitment to this plant and our growth,” he said.
To construct the building Levi said 18 different contractors were utilized. Project manager Anthony Ferguson said the vast majority were union and non-union laborers from the Tri-State area.
Ferguson explained that the project was split into two areas with the erection of the building and the offsite portion including connecting sewage, water, power and fiber optics. He said 17 miles of electric wire was connected along with 36 miles of fiber optic cable running from the building to the plant. Seventy miles of Category 6 cable (a standardized twisted pair cable for Ethernet and other network physical layers) was also installed.
Ferguson said the refinery went above and beyond with the implementation of safety measures during the 21-month construction process, noting only one injury occurred and no environmental impacts took place.
“I take a lot of pride in what we were able to do, what the contractors were able to accomplish,” he said.
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