Pembroke

Pembroke Refinery
Pembroke, Wales SA71 5SJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1646 641 331

Overview

​Valero acquired Pembroke refinery in South West Wales in 2011, marking Valero’s entry into the European refining market. Opened in 1964, the refinery is one of the largest, most complex refineries in Western Europe. It makes products including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and petrochemical feedstocks. About 44 percent of Pembroke’s products are gasolines, including ultra-low sulphur gasoline, and about 40 percent of products are distillates. Upgrades and installation of special equipment over the years have boosted the plant’s complexity and ability to process difficult crudes, such as acidic, heavy crude.

Refinery Facts

  • Built in 1964 as a hydroskimmer, with cat-cracking capacity added in 1982
  • Acquired from Chevron in 2011
  • Occupies approximately 450 acres of a 1,275-acre site on the southern shore of the Milford Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Deep-water port and docks with capacity to handle very large ships, without reliance on third-party terminals or pipelines
  • Total throughput capacity of 270,000 barrels per day, including 220,000 barrels per day of crude oil, plus 50,000 barrels per day of other feedstocks
  • Approximately 10.5 million barrels of storage, about half used for feedstocks
  • Large FCC and alkylation units providing significant volumetric production gains
  • Nelson complexity rating of 11.6 ranking among the top refineries in Western Europe
  • Refinery scale, flexibility, location and logistical advantages enhancing Valero's optimization and trading strategy in the Atlantic Basin
  • Major national employer in Wales, including more than 500 employees and hundreds of term contractors
  • 50th anniversary of the refinery celebrated in 2014 by a visit from Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Awards and Honors

  • Achieved Valero Protection Programme (VPP) Star status in 2016
  • Large Employer of the Year award in 2016 at the Pembrokeshire College Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, recognizing the refinery's exemplary commitment to training and supporting young people in apprenticeships
  • Winner of the 2015 Valero Chairman’s Safety Award and Chairman's Environmental Award, and the 2013 Chairman's Safety Award

Community Activities

  • More than 50 years of community engagement and charitable support in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales
  • Active in Pembrokeshire and across Wales in support of hundreds of charities and community organizations
  • Support for extracurricular education, environmental projects and initiatives to promote culture and the arts, including:
    • Annual sponsor of the Arts & Business Cymru (Wales) awards, recognizing the partnerships
    • Support for Pembrokeshire County Council’s sport development program Sport Pembrokeshire
    • Key partner in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s Pembrokeshire Young Actors Studio, bringing opportunities for first-class drama tuition to young people in West Wales
    • Sponsorship of the VC Gallery, an arts engagement project for ex-service personnel and veterans
    • Annual role as industry partner with a local school in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales program, to help promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. 
  • Since 2011, the Pembroke Valero Volunteer Council has seen hundreds of employees, contractors and their friends and family complete thousands of volunteering hours for local community projects and charitable causes throughout Pembrokshire and West Wales
  • Charity of the Year selected each year to receive additional attention from the refinery’s community support and fundraising efforts, including previous winners the Wales Air Ambulance, Tŷ Hafan, Macmillan Cancer Support, Paul Sartori Foundation, SNAP Pembrokeshire, HOPE MS Therapy Centre, Mind Pembrokeshire and the Pembrokeshire Sibling Group