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Texas City Refinery

The Valero Texas City Refinery is located on the Texas City Ship Channel, approximately 40 miles southeast of Houston. With several recent upgrading projects, the refinery provides significant feedstock flexibility and product diversity to Valero's Gulf Coast operations. The plant dates to 1908, originally built to process 1,500 barrels per day of Oklahoma crude oil. The refinery has gone through continuous upgrades and expansions since then, including major upgrades from 1955 to 1970 when the total throughput of the refinery was increased from 40,000 to 130,000 barrels per day. In 1996, gas oil hydrotreater and residual oil solvent extraction units were commissioned along with significant revamps to the fluid catalytic cracking unit and the No. 3 crude unit. Since acquiring the refinery in 1997, Valero has invested more than $750 million in expansions and upgrades at Texas City. Most recently, the plant completed a major expansion consisting of a new delayed coker and a gasoline desulfurization unit. These expansions and upgrades give the facility a great deal of feedstock flexibility, resulting in a higher gross margin than a conventional refinery. The new units allow the crude units to run lower-value, heavier-gravity crude feedstocks to produce a large slate of low-sulfur, clean fuels.

  • Dates to 1908, and revamped and expanded several times since then
  • Major expansions include 100,000-barrel-per day gas oil hydrotreater and 40,000-barrel-per-day residual oil solvent extraction unit in 1996, and 45,000-barrel-per-day delayed cokers in 2003
  • One of three Gulf Coast refineries acquired with the purchase of Basis Petroleum in 1997
  • Total feedstock throughput capacity of approximately 245,000 barrels per day
  • Produces a wide range of petroleum products including fuel gas, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, No. 2 fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), propylene and No. 6 fuel oil
  • Located on 290 acres with 4,700 feet of Texas City Ship Channel frontage that has approximately 39 feet of water depth
  • Site provides flexibility to receive feedstocks and ship products by tanker
  • Product shipping is done by pipeline and truck
  • Access to the Colonial, Explorer and TEPPCO pipelines for distribution of refined products to numerous markets
  • Connected to the Valero Houston Refinery by pipeline
  • Employs approximately 480 individuals
Awards & Honors
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) Star Site, 2001, recognizing it as one of the safest refineries in the U.S.
  • “Star among Stars” in the VPP Program, 2003
  • Recertified as a VPP Star Site, 2005
  • NPRA Award for Safety Performance, 2009
  • VPP Super Star Award, 2009
  • Silver Award for United Way Campaign, 2008
Community Activities
  • United Way Campaign raised a record $585,000 in 2008; average gift exceeded $1,000
  • Major contributor to new Life Flight facility in the Houston Ship Channel Area
  • Contributed $400,000 to 18 Charities from the 2008 Benefit for Children Golf Classic
  • Provided 53-foot truck-load of food to hundreds of Hurricane Katrina victims
  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner for about 2,000 hurricane victims in San Leon community
  • Volunteered more than 8,000 hours in programs such as Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Walk, Special Kids programs, area food drives and support for senior citizens and orphanages
  • Civic board representation on the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Hospice, Boy Scouts and Women's & Children's Shelters
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Texas City Refinery
1301 Loop 197 South
Texas City, Texas  77590
(409) 945-4451
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