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Corpus Christi - Bill Greehey Refinery
Overview
The Bill Greehey Refinery complex in Corpus Christi, Texas, is actually two plants. Valero commissioned the grass-roots Corpus Christi refinery in 1983, now referred to as the West Plant. This facility is considered one of the most complex refineries in the world and specializes in the production of environmentally clean fuels and products, primarily RFG and ultra-low-sulfur diesel. In 2001, Valero acquired a 115,000 barrels-per-day (BPD) refinery, now referred to as the East Plant, located less than a mile from the flagship refinery in Corpus Christi. This facility is capable of processing heavy, high-sulfur crude oil into light products, asphalt and petroleum coke. Combined, the East and West plant facilities have a total feedstock throughput capacity of about 325,000 BPD.
 
West Plant
  • Commissioned in 1983, facility has more than tripled throughput capacity since starting up
  • Rated by several industry experts as one of the most complex and efficient high-conversion fuels facilities in the world
  • Can produce 100 percent of its gasoline as RFG, which is required by the Environmental Protection Agency in many areas to improve air quality

East Plant

  • The 115,000-BPD refinery acquired by Valero in 2001
  • Processes heavy, high-sulfur crude oil into light products
  • Approximately 70 percent of the refinery’s production represented by light products, including conventional gasoline, ultra-low-sulfur diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, propane, butane and light naphthas
  • Also produces multiple grades of asphalt and petroleum coke
Combined
  • Total feedstock throughput capacity of about 325,000 BPD
  • Located on 523 acres including the West Plant on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and the East Plant one mile away
  • West plant with 4,700 feet of ship channel frontage, allowing it to off-load feedstock and load products onto tankers and barges with ease
  • The total complex includes an eight-bay truck rack for servicing local markets, and access to a pipeline distribution network
  • Employs approximately 760 individuals
Community Activities
Employees at Valero’s Bill Greehey Refinery East and West plants strive to make their community a better place to live and work. This is demonstrated through employee volunteerism and support for a variety of organizations benefiting a wide array of people. Valero employees can be found mentoring, coaching teams, serving on civic and community boards and assisting on other projects where they lend their time and talents. Together, the workers at the complex:
 
  • Volunteered more than 15,000 hours in 2008
  • Contributed more than $450,000 to United Way with nearly 99 percent employee participation
  • Selected 32 youth organizations to receive funds totaling $369,000 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic
  • Participated in an on-site career mentoring program that paired at-risk youth with a refinery volunteer mentor. Students learned about refinery jobs as well as life and leadership skills
  • Gave approximately 1,000 pounds of food for aid to victims of Hurricane Ike
  • Hosted a classic car show to raise thousands of dollars and help Supply our Students (SOS), a citywide school-supply drive
  • Cleaned up downtown to help beautify the local community
  • Spread Christmas cheer and provided gifts to hundreds of residents at Corpus Christi State School as well as many children with Salvation Army and Nueces County Community Action Agency
  • Partnered with Gibson Elementary School, its adopt-a-school, to provide Junior Achievement educators in the classroom; also sponsor recognition program for students achieving A&B Honor Roll every six weeks as well as entire year of perfect attendance
Awards & Honors
The Valero Bill Greehey Refinery complex strives for excellence in all aspects of business. In 1994, Corpus Christi site was the first petroleum refinery operation to receive the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the state’s highest environmental honor. Since then, Corpus Christi has continued the tradition of excellence. In 2008, the plants received the following awards and accolades:
 
  • NPRA Gold Award
  • VPPPA Outreach and Innovative Award for sponsoring on-site contractors to achieve Star Site status
  • VPP Star Site – all resident contractors are VPP Stars
  • Earned the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award from the National Safety Council
  • 2008 VPP Star Site Re-certification
  • 2007 Texas Industrial Safety Award from local Industrial Safety Council
  • 2008 Employer Award of Excellence from the Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend
  • 2007 Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Coastal Bend
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Contact Us
Bill Greehey Refinery
1147 Cantwell Lane
Corpus Christi, Texas  78407
(361) 289-6000
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