Port Arthur

Port Arthur Refinery
1801 South Gulfway Drive
Port Arthur, TX 77640
(409) 985-1000


​The Valero Port Arthur Refinery was commissioned in 1901 and has had many process additions and improvements in its history. In 2001, nearly $850 million was invested in a delayed coker and hydrocracker to enable the plant to run heavy, sour crude. In 2007, crude and vacuum capacity was expanded, which increased the refinery’s ability to process lower-cost, heavy sour crude oil and increased throughput capacity to 310,000 barrels per day (BPD). In 2012, a $1.6 billion hydrocracker and saturated-gas plant project was commissioned to further increase refinery throughput and diesel production. The refinery is strategically located on the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 90 miles east of Houston. The refinery’s location accommodates its extensive logistics system, which includes access to Gulf Coast water-borne crude oil via the refinery docks, Pleasure Island Dock or through the Sun Oil or Oil Tanking terminals.

  • Commissioned in 1901, with many upgrades since then
  • One of four refineries acquired in the purchase of Premcor in 2005
  • Total throughput capacity of 395,000 BPD
  • Has ability to process 100 percent heavy sour crude oil
  • Production includes conventional, premium and reformulated gasoline before oxygenate blending, as well as diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petroleum coke and sulfur
  • Strategically located on 4,000 acres on the Port Arthur Ship Channel
  • Crude oil received from the Valero dock or by pipeline from the Sun Oil Company dock at Nederland, Texas, and/or the Oil Tanking dock at Beaumont, Texas
  • Crude oil receipts from the Sun Oil and Oil Tanking docks are transferred by the Valero-owned Lucas pump station, located about 13 miles from the refinery
  • Refinery production distributed into the Colonial Pipeline, Explorer Pipeline, Magtex Pipeline and Teppco Pipeline or across the refinery docks into ships or barges
  • Employs approximately 850 personnel

Awards & Honors

  • Boys Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program, Corporate “Spirit of Love” Award for efforts in the fight against cancer
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter

Community Activities

  • Pledged more than $670,000 to the Mid and South County United Way for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contributions to approximately $1,015,259
  • Distributed $600,000 in 2017 to 22 area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children
  • Annually holds many volunteer events logging more than 10,000 total hours
  • Holds drives benefiting the Southeast Texas Food Bank, Humane Society and Family Services Women’s and Children’s Shelter
  • Furnishes new toys and clothing to disadvantaged families through Salvation Army and Blue Santa Christmas programs
  • Title Sponsor of Kid Fest – Free event for kids with entertainment and activities focusing on education and safety