August 7, 2008

Marathon to Donate $2.4 Million to Create Future Fuels Gallery at the Detroit Science Center

DETROIT, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marathon Oil Corporation announced today a $2.4 million grant to the Detroit Science Center for the creation of a new Future Fuels Gallery at the museum. The 6,000 square-foot, three-story gallery will be one of the museum's largest exhibit areas and the Midwest's only public, educational display of petroleum and alternative fuels technology. It is planned to open at the Science Center in 2010.

Future Fuels will give the public an up-close look into the complex world of petroleum-based energy from the exploration and production of crude oil through the refining and marketing of products that consumers use every day. Future Fuels will be an integrated experience that contains 40 exhibits in an immersive experience clustered into four themed areas on three different levels -- Exploring an Oil Reservoir, Production and Transportation Technology, Inside a Working Refinery and Alternative Fuels.

"Marathon and the Detroit Science Center share a common mission of encouraging young students to pursue careers in technical fields such as science and engineering. There is no better way to get students excited about the industry than having them experience it first hand. Students will learn about an industry that plays a vital role in our world and one that provides exciting and challenging careers today and well into the future," said Gary R. Heminger, Marathon executive vice president and president of Refining, Marketing and Transportation operations. "Providing support for the Science Center further reinforces our commitment to the city of Detroit and to Michigan. We are delighted to partner with the Science Center in this outstanding educational opportunity."

Future Fuels Gallery visitors will experience a dramatic elevator ride simulating the movement of oil to the Earth's surface from a dark, underground reservoir where they will learn how crude oil was formed and the advanced technology necessary to produce and deliver this important energy resource. With a scaled model of a refinery, the gallery will include interactive exhibits on the steps and processes used to refine crude oil into transportation fuels and thousands of other products. The alternative fuels area will provide a look at evolving technologies that have the potential to help meet our current and future energy needs.

"Alternative fuels hold great promise for the future, however petroleum-based fuels will continue to be a primary source of energy that supports our mobile lifestyle for many years. Future Fuels will expose visitors to the amazing technology of oil discovery, production and refining, as well as the challenges and potential of alternatives," said Kevin F. Prihod, president & CEO of the Detroit Science Center. "The new gallery will provide visitors with a glimpse into one of the greatest engineering challenges of the future -- providing the energy to power a growing world. From the depths of an oil reservoir, to an offshore production platform, to a supertanker and through a refinery, visitors will experience the complexities of meeting the world's energy needs and perhaps be inspired to pursue a career as a petroleum engineer, chemist or another related technical area critical to our energy future."

About Marathon

Marathon is the fourth-largest U.S.-based fully integrated international energy company engaged in exploration and production; integrated gas; oil sands mining; and refining, marketing and transportation operations. The Company has exploration and production activities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Angola, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Indonesia, Ireland, Libya and Norway. Marathon is the fifth largest refiner in the U.S. with 1,016,000 bpd of crude processing capacity in its seven-refinery system. The Company's retail marketing system comprises approximately 6,000 locations in 18 states; nearly three-quarters are Marathon brand locations. Marathon serves the Midwest and Southeast as a petroleum products marketer with 87 light product and asphalt terminals and the Company owns, operates, leases or has an ownership interest in approximately 9,700 miles of pipeline. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at

About the Detroit Science Center

The Detroit Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires its visitors to pursue and support careers in engineering, technology and science. The Science Center features Michigan's only Chrysler IMAX(R) Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systemes Planetarium; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; the United States Steel Fun Factory; an exhibit gallery just for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. The Science Center has served more than 2.1 million visitors since its grand re-opening on July 28, 2001. It is one of the 10 largest science museums in the country. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,


CONTACT: Angelia Graves, Marathon Oil Corporation, +1-419-421-2703; orKelly Fulford, Detroit Science Center, +1-313-577-8400, ext. 430,[email protected]

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