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Memphis Refinery
The Valero Memphis Refinery originally was constructed in 1941 with numerous expansions to its present rated capacity of 195,000 barrels per day (BPD) of light, low-sulfur crude oil. Since the refinery's acquisition in 2005, Valero has invested more than $245 million upgrading it to a modern and highly efficient facility. Crude oil is supplied to the refinery through the Capline Pipeline and can also be transported, along with other feedstocks, by barge. Products primarily are distributed via truck-loading racks at three product terminals, barges, and a pipeline directly to the Memphis airport.
  • Originally constructed in 1941 with numerous expansions
  • One of four refineries acquired in the purchase of Premcor in 2005
  • Total throughput capacity of about 195,000 BPD
  • Primarily processes light and sweet crude oil received through the Capline pipeline
  • Nearly 100 percent of production in light products, including regular and premium gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and petrochemicals
  • Located on 250 acres along the Mississippi River’s Lake McKellar, enabling it to serve many upriver markets at a significant cost advantage
  • Extensive logistics system, including access to a crude oil pipeline, a jet fuel pipeline, a large truck rack and a dock adjacent to the plant
  • Employs approximately 310 individuals
Awards & Honors
  • In May 2008, received an award at the NPRA Safety Conference for going a year without a lost-time accident among employees for 2007
  • As of December 31, 2008, employees had worked  1,457,327 hours without a lost-time incident
  • Johnny Brumley, writer trainer, recognized as the Safety Employee of the Year for 2008
  • Jason Kobeck recognized as Volunteer of the Year for 2008
Community Activities
The employees at the Memphis refinery have always helped when there was a need. It’s part of their DNA. In 2008 they volunteered more than 3,000 hours to help a variety of organizations across the Mid-South. The employees:
  • Helped prepare and distribute 752 food baskets to needy families in Memphis
  • Pulled a jumbo jet in the fastest time to support Special Kids and Families
  • Raised $379,000 for United Way of the Mid-South with its corporate contribution
  • Adopted more than 90 children and seniors in the South Memphis area and donated items to brighten their holiday season
  • Donated 12 barrels and more than 3,000 pounds of food and other items to the Memphis Food Bank
  • Raised nearly $12,000 and walked to support the March of Dimes; worked together to help build a home through the Habitat for Humanity program
  • Brought in hundreds of books to donate to Le Bonheur, a local children’s hospital
  • Delivered “meals on wheels” to home-bound seniors during United Way Day of Caring  
In the community:
  • Hosted 6th annual Year End Review with local residents and community leaders. More than 200 guests attended to learn more about the refinery and its impact
  • Donated $281,000 to various organizations across the Mid-South from The Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic
  • Awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships to students that live near the refinery
  • Partners with neighborhood schools to award Memphis Grizzlies tickets to students who excel in math, science or technical trades; more than 150 students from neighboring schools participate in this event
  • Conducts annual Oil Spill Response Training with local agencies
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Memphis Refinery
543 West Mallory Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee  38109
(901) 774-3100
Community Relations
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