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Valero acquired the Meraux, La., refinery from Murphy Oil USA Inc. in fall 2011. The plant, located on about 550 acres in St. Bernard Parish just southeast of New Orleans, is a complex refinery with a total throughput capacity of 135,000 barrels per day and significant hydro-processing capacity. It can process medium sour crude oil and produce significant yields of premium products. With Meraux’s dock on the Mississippi River, about 40 miles from the Valero St. Charles Refinery, Valero plans to integrate feedstocks and refined product blending with St. Charles.
In addition to the refinery, Valero also acquired an adjacent product terminal, a 20 percent equity interest in the Collins Product Pipeline and T&M terminal, and a 3.2 percent interest in the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP).
  • Originally constructed in the 1920s, and acquired by Murphy in 1961
  • Nelson complexity rating of 10.2
  • Includes a 34,000 barrel-per-day (BPD) hydrocracker, 41,000 BPD high-pressure hydro-treater, 12,000 BPD DAO hydro-treater, 21,000 BPD ROSE and 38,000 BPD fluidized cat cracker
  • Received significant infrastructure investments after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with nearly total replacement of electrical system, including critical motors and substations, tankage and utilities, plus other investments that enhance reliability
  • Connected by pipeline to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP)
  • Processes between 50 percent and 80 percent medium sour crude, with remainder typically light sweet crude
  • Products mostly include gasoline and distillate, but also petrochemicals, LPG, fuel oil and others
  • Has more than 3.9 million barrels of on-site storage capacity
  • Adjacent dock facility can accommodate crude cargoes of up to 500,000 barrels
Awards & Honors
  • NPRA Safety Achievement Award, for operating one or more years without an employee-lost-workday case involving days away from work, and without a workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during an evaluation period
  • NPRA Meritorious Safety Performance Award, for achieving a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) of 1.0 or less – incidents recorded per 200,000 working hours – with no workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during a calendar year
  • Contractor Award for Meritorious Safety Performance
  • In April 2011, reached milestone of 1 million employee safe-work hours since last lost-time incident
Spelling Bee Community Activities
  • A tradition of supporting and strengthening the local community with educational, civic and charitable initiatives
  • A consistent and generous supporter of the local United Way
  • Regularly supports local environmental preservation initiatives such as community cleanup programs and Earth Day activities
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Meraux Refinery
2500 E. St. Bernard Hwy.
Meraux, Louisiana  70075
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