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Pembroke Refinery
Valero acquired the Pembroke Refinery in southwest Wales in 2011, marking Valero’s entry in the European refining market. Opened in 1964, the refinery is one of the largest, most complex refineries in Western Europe. It makes products including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and petrochemical feedstocks. About 44 percent of Pembroke’s products are gasolines, including ultra-low sulfur gasoline, and about 40 percent of products are distillates. Upgrades and installation of special equipment over the years have boosted the plant’s complexity and ability to process difficult crudes, such as acidic, heavy crude.
  • Acquired from Chevron in 2011
  • Total throughput capacity of 270,000 barrels per day, including 220,000 barrels per day of crude plus 50,000 barrels per day of other feedstocks
  • Built in 1964 as a hydroskimmer, with cat-cracking capacity added in 1982
  • Large FCC and alkylation units provide significant volumetric production gains
  • Nelson complexity rating of 11.8 ranks among the top refineries in Western Europe
  • Occupies approximately 450 acres of a 1,275-acre site on the south shore of the Milford Haven estuary in Wales
  • Refinery scale, flexibility, location and logistical advantages enhance Valero’s optimization and trading strategy in Atlantic Basin
  • Deep-water port and docks can handle very large ships, without reliance on third-party terminal or pipelines
  • Approximately 10.5 million barrels of storage, about half used for feedstocks
  • Personnel including about 600 employees and 400 term contractors
Awards & Honors
  • Won the Best Employer category of the 2009 Modern Apprenticeship Awards for its Young Apprentices Program, an engineering scholarship program
  • Winner of the Industry & Power Station Category, 2008 British Trust for Ornithology Community Award 
  • Finalist in the 2010 Arts & Business Cymru Awards, in recognition of an established partnership in which arts-based training delivers community benefits
    Won the Prince’s Trust Cymru 2007 “Celebrate Success” award for community project
  • Annual role as an Industry Partner with a local school in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales competition
Apprentice Programme Award
Macmillan Cancer Support Community Activities
  • A more than 45-year history of community engagement in rural Pembrokeshire in southwest Wales
  • Support for extracurricular education, environmental projects and initiatives to promote culture and the arts; members of Arts & Business Cymru and the Welsh National Opera sponsors’ group
  • Sports development partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council, one of the longest-running sports partnerships in the United Kingdom; survey estimated more than 80 percent of county’s primary school children participated
  • Active in west Wales in support of thousands of volunteers with groups, clubs and organizations across the region
  • Pembroke Refinery’s fundraising partnership with the cancer charity “Macmillan Cancer Support” is now in its third decade
  • The 2011 Pembroke Refinery Charity of the Year is the Wales Air Ambulance
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Pembroke Refinery
Pembroke, Wales SA71 5SJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1646 641 331
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