Port Arthur 
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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. Other investments include the recent expansion of the coker to 95,000 barrels per day (BPD) from 85,000 BPD, and the most recent expansion of the crude and vacuum units have increased the refinery’s ability to process lower-cost, heavy sour crude oil and increased throughput capacity to 310,000 BPD. 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 or through the Nederland, Texas, terminals of Sun or Oil Tanking.

  • Commissioned in 1901, with many upgrades since then
  • One of four refineries acquired in the purchase of Premcor in 2005
  • Total throughput capacity of 310,000 MBD
  • Has ability to process 100 percent sour crude oil, of which up to 80 percent can be 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 and / or the Oil Tanking dock at Port Neches, Texas
  • The Port Neches dock’s crude oil receipts transferred by the Valero-owned Lucas pump station, located about 13 miles from the refinery
  • Refinery production distributed into the Colonial Pipeline, Explorer Pipeline and Teppco Pipeline or across the refinery docks into ships or barges
  • Employs approximately 820 individuals
Awards & Honors
  • One of only two Texas refineries Environmental Management System certified
  • TCEQ Clean Texas Program Bronze member
  • EPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, 2008 Pollution Prevention Achievement Award
  • Reached more than 1 million hours without a lost-time injury
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. Port Arthur employees: 

  • Provided more than $500,000 to the Mid and South County United Way, nearly half of the organization's entire budget.
  • Presented $670,000 to local children’s charities selected by employees through the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic
  • Prepared food, donated supplies and participated in post-Hurricane Ike cleanup in the severely damaged communities of Bridge City and Sabine Pass
  • Participate in eight blood drives per year
  • Raised more than $9,300 in the annual Memory Walk to benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, recognizing Valero as raising the most money of any group as well as having the most walkers
  • Deliver 1,300 meals per year for Meals on Wheels
  • Hold quarterly food drives benefiting the Southeast Texas Food Bank
  • Furnished new toys and clothing to disadvantaged families through Salvation Army Christmas programs
  • Gathered and distributed school supplies to more than 100 community schools
  • Deliver and install surplus computers at area churches and schools
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Port Arthur Refinery
1801 South Gulfway Drive
Port Arthur, Texas  77640
(409) 985-1000
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