Jean Gaulin

Jean Gaulin Refinery
165, chemin des Îles
Lévis, Québec G6V 7M5
(418) 835-8005


The original refinery outside Quebec City, Canada, today known as the Jean Gaulin refinery, was brought on line in October 1971 with a rated capacity 100,000 barrels per day (BPD). It was designed as a topping refinery with heavy oil and middle distillates as the largest volume products. Several major upgrades were implemented in 1980 through 1983. The refinery was further expanded beyond the year 2000 with the construction of a new crude unit, catalytic reformer unit, gasoline desulfurization unit (GDU) and distillate desulfurization unit. Capacity today is 235,000 barrels per day. In order to reduce crude costs, acid crude processing capabilities were also added. Additionally, many projects were developed to meet new government fuel standards including the reduction of the benzene content in gasoline, the addition of a GDU to reduce sulfur in gasoline blend, and an ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) unit to meet new targets on diesel sulfur content. The refinery processes cost-advantaged North American and overseas crude oil received via ship, rail and pipeline, and has significant storage capacity for crude oil, and intermediate and refined products. The plant can also accommodate liquefied petroleum gas in its pressurized storage vessels or tanks.

  • Commissioned in 1971, with major upgrades since then
  • One of six refineries acquired in the purchase of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock in 2002
  • Ranks in the first quarter for overall refinery performance in North America (Solomon Index)
  • Capacity of 235,000 BPD
  • Products include gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, home heating oil, butane and No. 6 fuel oil
  • Located on a 370-acre site on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, immediately across from Quebec City in the province of Quebec, Canada
  • Location and deep-water dock allow refinery to receive year-round shipments of crude oil from large crude oil tankers
  • Ability to receive large, single cargoes up to 1 million barrels gives it a significant advantage over other refineries
  • Charters large crude oil tankers that are double-bottomed, ice-strengthened and double-hulled so that they can safely navigate the St. Lawrence River in the winter
  • Finished products moved out by conventional tank car, rail car and "unit train," Pipeline Saint-Laurent, or can be moved out by ship
  • Employs approximately 500 personnel

Awards & Honors

  • Top award to Jean Gaulin refinery in the Business and Social Commitment category for large organizations at the 2016 Fideides Awards, presented by the Quebec City Board of Trade and Industry
  • Earned re-approval as a Valero Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) "Star Site" in 2016, after again passing rigorous safety audits by third-party inspectors
  • Earned the Valero Chairman's Award for Reliability four out of the past 10 years, posting the best reliability numbers of Valero's 15 refineries in those years
  • Past recognition from Recyc-Quebec, a Quebec government agency, for efforts in recycling, and improved management and reduction of waste generation

Community Activities

  • Canadian operations donated more than $1 million to charities in Eastern Canada in 2016
  • Employee and company pledges to Centraide/United Way in 2016 topped $600,000
  • Valero in Canada, through its Benefit for Children golf tournament, has raised $4.7 million for children's charities throughout Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces the past 12 years, raising $446,000 in 2016