Benicia Refinery
3400 East 2nd Street
Benicia, California 94510-1097
(707) 745-7011


Valero acquired the Benicia Refinery in 2000. Built as a grass-roots project in 1968, this plant has undergone significant modifications and upgrades to become what it is today one of the most complex refineries in the United States. Approximately 70 percent of the refinery’s product slate is CARB gasoline, California’s clean-burning fuel. The refinery also has significant asphalt production capabilities and produces 35 percent of the asphalt supply in northern California. Currently, the refinery processes domestic crude from the San Joaquin Valley in California and the Alaska North Slope, along with foreign sour crudes.

  • Commissioned in 1968, with significant upgrades since that time
  • Acquired from ExxonMobil in 2000
  • Total feedstock throughput capacity of 170,000 barrels per day
  • Products including propane, butane, CARB gasoline, ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), jet fuel, fuel oil, residual oil and asphalt
  • Produces 10 percent of the clean-burning California Air Resources Board (CARB) gasoline used in California and 25 percent of the CARB used in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Located on 800 acres on the Carquinez Strait, a tributary of San Francisco Bay
  • Strategic position allowing refinery to receive feedstocks by both ship and pipeline
  • Products shipped via pipeline, truck, rail, barge and ship
  • Employs approximately 480 personnel


Awards & Honors

  • Re-approved as a Cal/OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Site in 2014, the agency's highest plant safety designation
  • Received three American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) safety awards for 2014, including:
    • Meritorious Safety Performance Award – 0.0 Total Recordable Incidence Rate (TRIR)
    • Award for Safety Achievement – 1 million-plus employee hours without a lost employee workday case involving days away from work (2,583,278)
    • Award for Safety Achievement – 1+ years without a lost workday case involving days away from work (2 years)
  • Recognized as a multiple-time winner of the United Way of the Bay Area’s Spirit of the Bay Award, the organization’s top honor
  • Past winner of the Benicia Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award


Community Activities

  •  Employees pledged more than $482,000 to the United Way of the Bay Area for 2015, with company match projected to bring total donations to approximately $723,000
  • Nominated 20 organizations to receive $345,000 in donations from the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children in 2014. Recipients included:
    • Bay Area Crisis Nursery
    • Benicia Community Action Council
    • Benicia Education Foundation
    • Boys & Girls Club of El Sobrante
    • Camp Taylor
    • Child Haven
    • Childrens Music and Arts Foundation
    • Childrens Nurturing Project
    • Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-NorCal Chapter
    • East Bay College Fund
    • Harbor House
    • Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center
    • Junior Achievement of Northern California
    • Loma Vista Farm
    • Matt Garcia Foundation
    • Royal Family Kids Camps Inc.
    • Take Wings
    • Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club
  • Employees logged 1,924 volunteer hours for a variety of projects in 2014
  • Current and past activities include:
    • Collaborating with United Way of the Bay Area to launch the 2-1-1 phone number in Solano County
    • Supported the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties through a variety of events including the Motorcycle Food Run and the Stuff the Truck Campaign
    • Organizing and staffing the Tutoring Program at Benicia schools
    • Participating in blood drives benefiting the Blood Centers of the Pacific
    • “Adopting” families during the holiday, providing them with clothing, shoes, toys, household appliances, furniture, beddings, bikes, strollers, food and gas certificates and holiday trees and ornaments