Benicia Refinery
3400 East 2nd Street
Benicia, CA 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 California Air Resources Board (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 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

  • Named Community Partner of the Year for Solano County in 2017 by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of the North Bay
  • Re-approved as a Cal/OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Site in 2017, the agency's highest plant safety designation
  • Received a Safety Achievement Award in 2017 from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
  • Received three AFPM safety awards for 2016, 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
    • Award for Safety Achievement – 1+ years without a lost workday case involving days away from work
  • Won the Valero Chairman's Safety Award for 2016, after going more than three years and 4 million working hours without an employee injury, a new company record
  • 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

  • Pledged more than $463,000 to the United Way of the Bay Area for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contributions to approximately $702,000
  • Distributed $320,000 in 2017 to 21 area children's charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children
  • Holds many volunteer events logging more than 2,100 total hours annually