Since 1924, Marathon Petroleum has invested in Illinois, first with the purchase of the Robinson refinery. Other assets were later added under the Marathon Petroleum umbrella. The Robinson refinery in Crawford County has a crude oil refining capacity of 245,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd). The facility employs approximately 690 people full time and processes sweet and sour crude oils into a variety of products, which are distributed by pipeline, transport truck and rail. Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) operates an underground butane storage cavern near the refinery. MPL also operates a pipeline route through Illinois and has office locations in Martinsville, Patoka, Stoy and Wood River. In addition, MPL operates a barge dock facility in Wood River with vessel loading and unloading capabilities.

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