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, La., 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 United States
  • A non-union site employing 604 Valero employees (including Diamond Green Diesel staffing)

Awards & Honors

  • Received 2013 Lantern Award at the Governor’s Mansion, 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

  • 10,000+ hours of volunteer service in 2014
  • Donated a total of $500,000 to 39 local children’s charities in 2014, from the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children
  • Participation in Junior Achievement and other local school activities such as school social studies and science fairs, career days and after-school programs
  • United Way Campaign Top Ten Companies Award, Achievement Award, Good Neighbor Award, Community Leadership Award, Outstanding Community Partnership Award and Corporate Leadership Award
  • United Way of St. Charles "Spirit Award" in recognition of the best overall United Way campaign in 2014-2015, with employee contributions topping $636,000 (total including company match was approximately $989,000
  • Southeast Louisiana Boy Scouts Council Eagle Sponsor, Distinguished Citizen Award Winner 2003-2015
  • Special Olympics of Louisiana Distinguished Partner, State Corporate Benefactor and Medallion Level Sponsor 2007-2015
  • American Cancer Society St. Charles Parish Relay for Life; Most Money Raised as a Multiple Team 2013 and Platinum Sponsor 2004-2015
  • Employees earned Volunteer of the Year honors from the River Region Chamber of Commerce 2014 Golf Tournament
  • Sponsors the La Branche Wetland Watchers, partnering with local schools to promote conservation and recovery of Louisiana wetlands   
  • Provided volunteers to pack Thanksgiving boxes and work in the Community Kitchen at Second Harvest Food Bank; 32,000 pounds of food collected
  • Honored for ongoing support of Children’s Hospital at the 2015 Sugarplum Ball
  • Participates in the annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon to benefit Children’s Hospital in New Orleans; Valero Volunteers hold annual visit to the hospital and bring gifts to children who are hospitalized during Christmas