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Port Arthur Refinery

The Valero Port Arthur Refinery was commissioned in 1901 and has had many process additions and improvements in its history. In 2001, nearly $850 million was invested in a delayed coker and hydrocracker to enable the plant to run heavy, sour crude. In 2007, crude and vacuum capacity was expanded, which increased the refinery’s ability to process lower-cost, heavy sour crude oil and increased throughput capacity to 310,000 barrels per day (BPD). In 2012, a $1.6 billion hydrocracker and saturated-gas plant project was commissioned to further increase refinery throughout and diesel production. The refinery is strategically located on the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 90 miles east of Houston. The refinery’s location accommodates its extensive logistics system, which includes access to Gulf Coast water-borne crude oil via the refinery docks, Pleasure Island Dock or through the Sun Oil or Oil Tanking terminals.

  • Commissioned in 1901, with many upgrades since then
  • One of four refineries acquired in the purchase of Premcor in 2005
  • Total throughput capacity of 375,000 BPD
  • Has ability to process 100 percent heavy sour crude oil
  • Production includes conventional, premium and reformulated gasoline before oxygenate blending, as well as diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petroleum coke and sulfur
  • Strategically located on 4,000 acres on the Port Arthur Ship Channel
  • Crude oil received from the Valero dock or by pipeline from the Sun Oil Company dock at Nederland, Texas and/or the Oil Tanking dock at Beaumont, Texas
  • Crude oil receipts from the Sun Oil and Oil Tanking docks are transferred by the Valero-owned Lucas pump station, located about 13 miles from the refinery
  • Refinery production distributed into the Colonial Pipeline, Explorer Pipeline, Magtex Pipeline and Teppco Pipeline or across the refinery docks into ships or barges
  • Employs approximately 850 personnel

Awards & Honors
  • Boys Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program, Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award for efforts in the fight against cancer
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter


Community Activities

Employees exhibit a true commitment to the needs of the local communities through volunteer efforts and generous donations. The refinery's volunteers are recognized as leaders in local charity work.

  • Provided nearly $600,000 to the Mid and South County United Way, more than half of the organization's entire budget
  • Presented $500,000 to local children’s charities selected by employees through the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children
  • Logged 10,107 volunteer hours in 2014 for a variety of activities
  • Host eight employee blood drives per year for Life Share Blood Center
  • Deliver 1,300 meals per year for Nutrition Services-Meals on Wheels
  • Participate in Foster Care Projects – CASA Carnival, Prom Project, Easter and Christmas programs
  • Hold drives benefiting the Southeast Texas Food Bank, Humane Society and Family Services Women’s and Children’s Shelter
  • Furnish new toys and clothing to disadvantaged families through Salvation Army and Blue Santa Christmas programs
  • Title Sponsor of Kid Fest – Free event for kids with entertainment and activities focusing on education and safety
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Port Arthur Refinery
1801 South Gulfway Drive
Port Arthur, Texas  77640
(409) 985-1000
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