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Wilmington Refinery

The Valero Wilmington Refinery was commissioned in 1969 and has had three major expansions to become a fully integrated refinery and several upgrades to meet clean-fuel standards. The Wilmington refinery processes a blend of California and foreign crude oil, as well as unfinished feedstocks from local and foreign sources. Given its coking and desulfurizing capabilities, it is particularly well-suited to process lower-cost heavy, high-sulfur crude oils and feedstocks. The refinery also produces 15 percent of the asphalt supply in southern California. Refined products are distributed from the Wilmington refinery through a network of third-party pipelines and terminals in southern California, Nevada and Arizona, and then on to wholesale and retail customers.

  • Located in Wilmington, Calif., on a compact 120-acre site 23 miles south of downtown Los Angeles
  • Significant new construction and upgrades took place in the early 1980s and mid-1990s with the latter focused mainly on the addition of hydrotreating capacity
  • One of six refineries acquired in the purchase of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock in 2002
  • Total throughput capacity of 135,000 barrels per day (BPD)
  • Products include California Air Resources Board (CARB) gasoline, jet fuel, ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), CARB diesel, propane, coke and asphalt
  • Location has made it a frequent backdrop to many Hollywood movies and commercials
  • Connected by pipeline to marine terminals and associated dock facilities that are used for movement and storage of crude oil and feedstocks
  • Operates a refined-product marine terminal which is leased from the Port of Los Angeles
  • Products including jet fuel, diesel fuel, light cycle oil, fluidized catalytic cracker slurry oil, and liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) can also be shipped using on-site track racks
  • Employs approximately 440 personnel
Awards & Honors
  • First California refinery to earn U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Star Site designation, the agency's highest plant-safety recognition, under the Volunteer Protection Program (VPP); reapproved as a Star Site in 2011 by Cal/OSHA (California Division of Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Chosen Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2014 by Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Received Humanitarian Award in 2014 from Long Beach International City Theatre
  • Earned Salute to Industry Award from Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce in 2013
  • Employee named Man of the Year in 2013 by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
  • Received the prestigious Employee Giving Award-Mid-size Company Category at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' 2012 Annual Philanthropy Awards; the refinery's United Way campaign is in the Top 20 list for all of Los Angeles County
  • Recipient of both the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Outstanding Public Relations Program and Joseph Roos Community Service awards
  • Past recipient of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year award; and the Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA Martin Luther King Human Dignity Award for community service and leadership
  • Valero Wilmington Asphalt plant in 2015 received two safety awards from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM): an Award for Safety Achievement after going six years without a lost workday case involving days away from work, and a Meritorious Safety Performance Award for achieving an employee recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.6 or less (0.0) per 200,000 working hours in 2014
Community Activities
  • Pledged more than $283,000 to United Way in 2014, for donations in 2015, with company match projected to bring total contributions to approximately $425,000
  • Founding member of United Way "Success By 6," a 40-member community-based education collaborative focused on early childhood and parenting education programs
  • Distributed $220,000 to 22 local children's charities in 2014 from the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children
  • Logged 4,118 volunteer hours in 2014 for a variety of community activities
  • Current and past activities include:
    o Gifts and food for families each Christmas under Adopt-A-Family program
    o Led Wilmington Family Picnic focused on arts and health education, involving several thousand participants
    o Raised thousands for Tour de Cure for Diabetes in Long Beach, and for Surfing For Charity, a surfing competition for local charities
    o Gifts and breakfast for more than 400 needy children at Breakfast for Santa
    o Collected hundreds of pounds of trash from coastal waterways and beaches for California Coastal Cleanup Day
    o Prepared John Mendez Little League Field for new season of youth baseball
    o Mentoring, reading to children under Ready By Nine, improving reading literacy
    o School field trips for more than 3,000 students to Discovery Science center
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Contact Us
Wilmington Refinery
2402 East Anaheim
Wilmington, California  90744
(562) 491-6877
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