Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approve Marathon Martinez Renewable Fuels project

MARTINEZ, California, May 3, 2022 – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors today approved  the Final Environmental Impact Report and land use permit for Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Martinez Renewable Fuels project in a unanimous decision, concluding the required environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act.

“We are grateful to the County Board of Supervisors, the County Planning Commission, and the Department of Conservation and Development for the in-depth research and due diligence they performed while conducting the environmental review of this project,” said Scott Hanks, general manager of the Martinez Renewable Fuels facility.

Once started, construction activities at the site will ramp up to approximately 1,400 building trades union workers on-site at peak construction. The $1.2 billion project will require a total of approximately 4 million construction worker-hours to complete. Once complete, Martinez Renewable Fuels will process vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil into renewable fuels, primarily renewable diesel, helping to meet California’s low-carbon fuels targets. The facility is expected to be capable of producing 730 million gallons per year of renewable diesel by the end of 2023.

Conversion of the Martinez facility from a petroleum refinery to a renewable diesel facility is anticipated to reduce the facility’s stationary greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 60%, total criteria air pollutants by 70% and water use by 1 billion gallons per year.