The $1.6 billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract includes services, the value of procured materials and the construction contracts under Fluor’s direct management.

Construction is expected to begin within the next few months, subject to receiving the applicable regulatory permits. The project is expected to be completed in late 2010, adding more than 0.4 million gallons of clean transportation fuels per day to the marketplace.

David Seaton, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Group, said: Energy security is an important topic today. When this project is completed, Fluor will have assisted Marathon in increasing the Detroit refinery’s heavy oil processing capacity, including Canadian bitumen blends, by about 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) and its total crude oil refining capacity by about 15%, from 100,000 bpd to 115,000 bpd.