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Houston Refinery
The Valero Houston Refinery began operations in 1942 and has gone through numerous modifications and expansions. The refinery is a mid-sized plant with a total throughput capacity of 160,000 barrels per day and produces a wide range of petroleum products. Valero acquired the Houston refinery when it purchased Basis Petroleum from Salomon Inc. in 1997. The refinery is located on the Houston Ship Channel, with deep-water access for off-loading feedstocks.
  • Recent clean fuels additions including an ultra-low-sulfur diesel/hydrocracker complex and a gasoline de-sulfurization unit
  • Significant infrastructure enhancements through redundant electrical systems and fired boilers
  • Products including gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, ultra-low-sulfur diesel, liquefied petroleum gases, propylene, No. 6 fuel oil and sulfur
  • Located on the east side of Houston on approximately 250 acres, with 5,000 feet of ship channel frontage and a maximum water depth of 40 feet
  • Access to major product pipelines including Colonial, TEPPCO, Orion and Explorer
  • Two marine loading facilities, one located on the Houston Ship Channel and one located on Sims Bayou
  • Employs approximately 450 individuals
Awards & Honors
  • Valero Chairman's Awards for exceptional performance: Safety, 2000, 2010, 2011; Environmental, 2009, 2010, 2011; Reliability, 2010
  • OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP): initial Star approval, 2003; recognized as "Star Among Stars," 2007; re-certified Star Site, 2007; recognized as "Superstar," 2008; awarded "Star of Excellence," 2010; re-certified Star Site, 2011
  • American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) safety awards: Meritorious, Achievement Years and Gold, 2008; Meritorious, 2009; Meritorious and Achievement Years, 2010; Distinguished Safety Award Honorable Mention, 2010
Community Activities
  • Pledged $435,000 for 2012 United Way Campaign, including company match, with 100 percent employee participation
  • Awarded $300,000 to 27 children's charities through the 2011 Valero Texas Open and Benefit For Children Golf Classic
  • Sponsored J.R. Harris Elementary School with "Elves & More" and delivered 679 bikes to students in 2011
  • Contributes more than 5,000 volunteer hours annually to the local community
  • Ongoing support of multiple programs at J.R. Harris Elementary School (i.e., Junior Achievement, Real Men Read, calendar artwork contest, teacher appreciation)
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Houston Refinery
9701 Manchester
Houston, Texas  77012
(713) 923-3300
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