St. Charles 
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St. Charles Refinery
The Valero St. Charles Refinery major process units were built in the early 1980s or later, making this refinery one of the newest in the United States. Between 2000 and 2002 major upgrades included the construction of a large fluid catalytic cracking unit, alkylation unit and continuous catalytic reformer unit. Since acquisition of the refinery outside New Orleans in 2003, Valero has invested nearly $4 billion making the plant one of the company's more complex refineries. These investments enabled the plant to process additional heavy feedstocks, increase throughput capacity, upgrade its product yields and improve on-stream reliability. The St. Charles facility also adds value to the company’s operations by providing intermediate feedstocks to other Valero refineries located along the Gulf Coast and has access to the Colonial and Plantation pipelines for distribution of refined products to numerous markets in the southern and eastern U.S.
  • Process units built either in the early 1980s or later, with several major upgrades since then
  • Acquired with the purchase of Orion in 2003
  • More than $3 billion in upgrades implemented over the past several years
  • Total throughput capacity of approximately 270,000 barrels per day (BPD)
  • Wide ranges of petroleum products produced, including gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, No. 2 and No. 6 fuel oils, heating oil, liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) and petroleum coke
  • Gasoline, distillates and other light products represent approximately 80 percent of product slate is gasoline
  • Located on approximately 1,000 acres in St. Charles Parish, La., along the Mississippi River, approximately 15 miles upstream of New Orleans
  • Access to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) where it can receive crude oil through pipeline or from five marine docks along the Mississippi River
  • Finished products shipped over these docks or by pipeline into the Bengal and Colonial pipeline networks for distribution to the eastern seaboard of the United States
  • Employs approximately 530 individuals
Awards & Honors
  • Accepted into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) as a Star Site, which recognizes it as one of the safest refineries in the nation
  • Awarded Chairman’s Safety Award in 2005 and 2007, an internal award that goes to the refinery with the best overall safety record, including employee and contractor injury rates, and injury reductions over the past three years
  • For the Environmental Leadership Program Governor’s Awards, received recognition for the 2006 Pollution Prevention Project, 2007 Pollution Prevention Program and 2007 Community Environmental Outreach
Community Activities
  • In February 2009, donated a total of $632,000 to 23 local children’s charities as a result of the Valero Benefit For Children Golf Classic which was hosted in 2008
  • Resolution passed by St. Charles Parish Council recognizing Valero for support and compassion shown to residents after Hurricane Katrina flooding in 2004
  • Participation in Junior Achievement and other local school activities such as school social studies and science fairs, career days and after-school programs
  • United Way Campaign Achievement Award, Good Neighbor Award, Community Leadership Award, Community Impact Award, Corporate Leadership Award 2003-2008, and Pacesetter Award 2008; employee contributions in 2008 topped $547,000 (total including company match was $823,932)
  • Southeast Louisiana Boy Scouts Council Eagle Sponsor, Distinguished Citizen Award Winner 2003-2008
  • Special Olympics of Louisiana Distinguished Partner, State Corporate Benefactor and Medallion Level Sponsor 2007-2008
  • American Cancer Society St. Charles Parish Relay for Life, Most Money Raised as a Multiple Team 2004-2007 and Platinum Sponsor 2004-2008
  • River Region Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year 2007
  • Constructed a Habitat for Humanity house in New Orleans, with more than 225 volunteers working on the house and accumulating nearly 2,000 volunteer hours
  • Sponsors the La Branche Wetland Watchers, partnering with local schools to promote conservation and recovery of Louisiana wetlands
  • Donated two tons of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana in November 2008; Valero Volunteers visited the food bank and packaged food
  • Participates in the annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon to benefit Children’s Hospital in New Orleans; Valero Volunteers hold annual visit to the hospital and bring gifts to children who are hospitalized during Christmas
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St. Charles Refinery
14902 River Road
Norco, Louisiana  70079
(985) 764-8611
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