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McKee Refinery
The Valero McKee Refinery began operations in 1933 with expansions and developments to the present total feedstock throughput of 195,000 barrels per day. Unit age varies throughout the refinery with a few older units dating to the 1950s while other units were constructed in the 2000s. Situated in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, the McKee refinery has access to crude oil from northern and west Texas, Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas and eastern Colorado through an extensive network of crude oil pipelines, making it one of the most well-connected plants in Valero's system. The refinery is joined by third-party pipelines to major crude oil centers in Cushing, Okla., and Midland, Texas. The McKee refinery also has pipeline access at Wichita Falls, Texas, to major third-party pipelines that transport crude oil from the Texas Gulf Coast and from major West Texas oil fields into the mid-continent region.
  • Recent upgrades including revamps and additions to allow Tier II gasoline and diesel production
  • One of six refineries acquired in the purchase of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock in 2002
  • Produces a wide variety of refined petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, asphalt, carbon black oil, sulfur, sulfuric acid and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which it markets through six main pipelines servicing customers across the southwestern United States; additionally, local customers served by truck and others by rail
  • Located on 5,000 acres 45 miles north of Amarillo, Texas; a major employer for the region with 475 full-time personnel
Awards & Honors
  • Awarded Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the Technical/Technology category from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in 2013, for wind-farm operations that help power the refinery and reduce reliance on conventional power sources
  • Earned a Meritorious Safety Performance Award in 2014 from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), for achieving an employee total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.6 incidents or less, per 200,000 working hours, over the previous year
Community Activities
The employees of the McKee refinery are dedicated to serving the communities where they work and live, through giving and volunteer support:
  • Pledged more than $284,000 to United Way in 2014, for donations in 2015, with company match projected to bring total to approximately $427,000
  • Nominated several organizations to receive $270,000 in donations from the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children in 2014, including Panhandle Children’s Foundation, The Hope and Healing Place, Safe Place, Dumas Discovery Center, Dumas After School Program, Dumas Education Foundation, Hutchinson County Cares, Snack Pack 4 Kids and others
  • Sent more than 50 military care packages to friends and family of employees and contractors
  • Participated in and raised funds for the National MS Society with the combination of the MS Walk, Bike MS: Valero Ride the Rim and DreaMS of a CURE Car Show fundraisers
  • Assembled new playground equipment for children living in transitional housing for Safe Place
  • Participate in the annual  Tri To Make a Difference Triathlon that benefits the local Children’s Miracle Network
  • Sponsored 75 children with gifts at Christmas
  • Collected donations to fill baskets with cleaning and hygiene supplies for the elderly
  • Joined with Hutchinson County Cares and Panhandle Children’s Foundation to cook a hamburger meal for the 50 children, and their families, of Fritch, Texas, who lost their homes due to grass fires; each child received a $400 gift card and a new toy
  • Delivered Meals on Wheels in both Dumas and Sunray on three different routes weekly
  • Hold two food drives each year to help replenish the community food bank
  • Clean the two-mile stretch of highway by the plant that Valero sponsors each year
  • Assisted the Moore County YMCA with their weight room remodel
  • Feed and serve the Special Olympics participants of the Texas Panhandle at their annual track meet
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Contact Us
McKee Refinery
6701 FM 119, HCR Box 36
Sunray, Texas  79086
(806) 935-2141
Community Relations
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