In the United States (US), Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), a leading, integrated, downstream energy company has announced has signed an agreement with One Energy Enterprises LLC to install five 2.3 MW wind turbines at MPC’s renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota (ND). The wind turbines will provide energy to the facility and help further decrease its carbon emissions profile.
According to a statement, MPC contracted with One Energy to develop, own, and operate the turbines. One Energy will provide the capital for the project and MPC will pay a fixed price for the wind-generated electricity delivered by One Energy for a period of 20 years.
The turbines are expected to generate more than 4 GWh of power energy each year, providing approximately 45 percent of the renewable diesel facility’s electricity needs.
MPC Executive Vice President of Refining Ray Brooks said the project is a win for lower-carbon fuels and company performance.
At Marathon Petroleum, we are focused on delivering essential energy products to the world in ways that create shared value for our people, business partners, customers, communities, governments, and shareholders. Lowering the carbon intensity of the renewable fuels we produce at our Dickinson facility helps us to capture additional value in the markets we serve and enhance the overall sustainability of our operations, Ray Brooks said.
Lowering the carbon intensity of renewable fuels produced at the Dickinson Refinery also aligns with MPC’s objective of reducing its companywide GHG emissions intensity by 30 percent below 2014 levels by 2030.
MPC says that it is the first independent refining company in the country to link achieving such a GHG goal to its executive and employee compensation.
One Energy CEO Jereme Kent said the project will also contribute to MPC’s role as a good neighbor in Dickinson.
This project has been designed to provide low-cost, clean energy right from Marathon’s own property, while also investing in the community. For each turbine, One Energy will provide a US$5 000 ‘Megawatt Scholarship’ to local high school graduates pursuing two- or four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math. That’s US$25 000 for every year the turbines are operating said Jereme Kent.
MPC’s Dickinson plant is the second-largest renewable diesel production facility in the United States and has a production capacity of approximately 184 million gallons (≈ 696 million litres) per year.
Each turbine at the facility will have a hub height of 262 feet (≈ 80 metres) and a tip height of just over 400 feet (122 m) and will comply with local and state zoning requirements. One Energy is beginning local and state permitting processes, and the project is expected to begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Large onsite industrial renewable power generator
The wind-power installation at the Dickinson facility won’t be MPC’s first foray into renewable power generation. The company installed a 6 000-panel solar array in its headquarters city of Findlay, Ohio (OH), in 2012 to study the potential for using solar energy in its operations.
Today, the company powers dozens of pipeline components in remote areas with solar-powered units. For several years, the company has used a wind turbine to power a pipeline pump station in Harpster, OH, and learnings from that installation helped inform the company’s decision to proceed with wind power at Dickinson.
The wind-generating capacity of the turbines at Dickinson will make it one of the largest on-site industrial power generators in the US.
If the turbines were operational today, they and the Harpster turbine together would rank MPC’s on-site industrial power-generation capacity 11th on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership Top 30 On-Site Generation list.