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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 individuals
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 to receive 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 the 2011 Valero Chairman's Award for Reliability, recording no unplanned major-unit outages for the year and performing at best-in-industry levels in mechanical availability, outside of turnarounds
  • 2008 Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Leadership award recipient for demonstrated outstanding community relations programs and environmental stewardship, considered one of the most prestigious community nonprofit honors in Los Angeles
  • 2008 Los Angeles Board of Education proclamation recognizing Valero Wilmington for excellent citizenship and volunteer contributions to LAUSD schools, for second consecutive year
  • Recipient of both the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Outstanding Public Relations Program and Joseph Roos Community Service awards
  • Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year
  • Wilmington Refinery employee named Honorary Mayor
  • Recipient of the 2009 Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA Martin Luther King Human Dignity Award for community service and leadership
  • Recognized by the Long Beach City Council for outstanding community service
  • United Way Campaign contributions the highest of any petroleum company in Los Angeles and ranks in the Top 15 United Way contributors in all of Los Angeles County
  • Recipient of NPRA Distinguished Safety Award, and Gold and Meritorious safety performance awards
  • Two-time recipient of Valero Chairman’s Environmental performance award
Community Activities
  • Founding member of United Way "Success By 6," a 40-member community-based education collaborative focused on early childhood and parenting education programs
  • Provides gifts and food for 30 families each Christmas under Adopt-A-Family program
  • Led Wilmington Family Picnic focused on arts, health education involving several thousand participants
  • Raised thousands for Tour de Cure for Diabetes in Long Beach, and for Surfing For Charity, a surfing competition for local charities
  • Provided gifts and breakfast for more than 400 needy children at Breakfast for Santa
  • Collected hundreds of pounds of trash from coastal waterways and beaches for California Coastal Cleanup Day
  • Volunteers prepare John Mendez Little League Field for new season of youth baseball
  • Mentoring, reading to children under Ready By Nine, improving reading literacy
  • Funds school field trips for more than 3,000 students to Discovery Science center
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Wilmington Refinery
2402 East Anaheim
Wilmington, California  90744
(562) 491-6877
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