Houston Refinery
9701 Manchester
Houston, TX 77012
(713) 923-3300


The Valero Houston Refinery began operations in 1942 and has gone through numerous modifications and expansions. The refinery is a mid-sized plant with a total throughput capacity of 235,000 barrels per day and produces a wide range of petroleum products. Valero acquired the Houston refinery when it purchased Basis Petroleum from Salomon Inc. in 1997. The refinery is located on the Houston Ship Channel, with deep-water access for off-loading feedstocks.

  • Completed a new crude unit in 2016 with a capacity of 90,000 barrels per day
  • Recent clean fuels additions including an ultra-low-sulfur diesel/hydrocracker complex and a gasoline de-sulfurization unit
  • Significant infrastructure enhancements through redundant electrical systems and fired boilers
  • Products including gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, ultra-low-sulfur diesel, liquefied petroleum gases, propylene, No. 6 fuel oil and sulfur
  • Located on the east side of Houston on approximately 250 acres, with 5,000 feet of ship channel frontage and a maximum water depth of 40 feet
  • Access to major product pipelines including Colonial, TEPPCO, Orion and Explorer
  • Two marine loading facilities, one located on the Houston Ship Channel and one located on Sims Bayou
  • Employs approximately 450 personnel

Awards & Honors

  • Received the prestigious Elite Silver award from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) in 2016, recognizing the top 5 percent of member refiners across a range of occupational and process safety indicators. Also earned:
    • Meritorious Safety Performance Award, with a Total Recordable Incidence Rate (TRIR) of 0.0
    • Award for Safety Achievement (Hours), 2-plus million hours without a lost workday case involving days away from work 
    • Award for Safety Achievement (Years), 3-plus years without a lost workday case involving days away from work
  • Valero Chairman's Awards for exceptional performance: Safety, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2000; Environmental, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009; Reliability, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2010
  • Holds Voluntary Protection Program Star Site status, OSHA's highest plant safety designation 

Community Activities

  • Pledged more than $406,000 to the local United Way for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contributions to approximately $620,000
  • Distributed $350,000 in 2017 to 28 area children's charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children
  • Holds many volunteer events logging more than 2,500 total hours annually