St. Charles

​St. Charles Refinery
14902 River Road
Norco, LA 70079
(985) 764-8611


The Valero St. Charles Refinery’s major process units were built or substantially reconstructed in the late 1990s, making this refinery one of the newest in the United States. From 1997 through 2003, major upgrades included the construction of a large fluid catalytic cracking unit, alkylation unit and continuous catalytic reformer unit. Since acquisition of the refinery outside New Orleans in 2003, Valero has invested more than $4 billion, making the plant one of the company's more complex refineries. These investments enabled the plant to process additional heavy feedstocks, increase throughput capacity, upgrade its product yields and improve on-stream reliability. The St. Charles facility also adds value to the company’s operations by providing intermediate feedstocks to other Valero refineries located along the Gulf Coast and has access to the Colonial and Plantation pipelines for distribution of refined products to numerous markets in the southern and eastern U.S.

  • Process units built either in the early 1980s or later, with several major upgrades since then
  • Acquired with the purchase of Orion in 2003
  • Total throughput capacity of approximately 340,000 barrels per day
  • Wide range of petroleum products produced, including gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, No. 2 and No. 6 fuel oils, heating oil, liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) and petroleum coke
  • Gasoline, distillates and other light products represent approximately 80 percent of product slate
  • Located on approximately 1,000 acres in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, along the Mississippi River, approximately 15 miles upstream of New Orleans with strategic feedstock and product transportation corridors
  • Valero owns and operates five docks on the Mississippi River
  • Access to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) where it can receive crude oil through pipeline or from five marine docks along the Mississippi River
  • Finished products shipped over these docks or by pipeline into the Bengal, Colonial and Parkway pipeline networks for distribution to the eastern seaboard of the U.S.
  • A non-union site employing approximately 600 Valero employees (including Diamond Green Diesel staffing)

Awards & Honors

  • Earned a Voluntary Protection Program Star Site designation in 2017, the highest plant-safety recognition by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and affiliated state agencies
  • Past state Lantern Award winner, nominated by St. Charles Parish president, recognizing Louisiana-based manufacturers who demonstrate true quality in their work and genuine commitment to their local communities
  • Multiple environmental leadership awards from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Air and Waste Management Association

Community Activities

  • Pledged more than $735,000 to the local United Way for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contributions to approximately $1,151,645
  • Distributed $600,000 in 2017 to 41 area children's charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children
  • Holds many volunteer events logging more than 13,000 total hours annually