Lake Charles Refinery

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Located in Westlake, Louisiana, the Lake Charles Refinery processes primarily heavy, high-sulfur and high-acid crude oils, along with some light, sweet crude oil. It receives domestic Gulf Coast, U.S.-advantaged and foreign crude oils.

Within the facilities are crude distillation, a fluid catalytic cracker, alkylation, a delayed coker and hydrodesulfurization units that enable the refinery to produce gasoline and diesel fuels, and fuel-grade petroleum coke. The facilities also include a specialty coker and calciner, which produce graphite petroleum coke for the steel industry.

Lake Charles produces a high percentage of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels. The majority of its refined products are distributed by truck, railcar, barge or major common-carrier pipelines in the southeastern and eastern United States. In addition, refined products can be sold into export markets through the refinery's marine terminal.

HISTORY: Built in 1941

LOCATION: Westlake, Louisiana, located in southwest Louisiana on the banks of the Calcasieu River 

SIZE: 690 acres (approx.)

WORKFORCE: More than 1,100 (including on-site contractors)

  • Transportation fuels (gasoline, diesel & aviation fuel)
  • Graphite petroleum coke
  • Fuel-grade petroleum
  • Base oils for lubricants (through Excel Paralubes)
  • Pipeline
  • Barge/ship
  • Tank truck

Community Advisory Panel

Year established: 1990

The mission of the Lake Charles Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is to establish and maintain dialogue between the community and Phillips 66 in order to understand community issues in an environment of trust and mutual respect. Company management and panel members regularly discuss the facility's operations, environmental and safety performance, community involvement and other issues that CAP members deem important. Recent topics have included the role and responsibility of the Department of Environmental Quality, the state of the refinery, legislative issues, workforce development and the economic outlook for southwest Louisiana.

Members of the CAP represent nearby neighbors, businesses, government, education and students. Phillips 66 is committed to the exchange of information with these groups. Also, members participate in several annual community outreach projects sponsored by the refinery, which include delivery of Thanksgiving baskets to the elderly and a Christmas lunch for a low income housing development.

The Lake Charles CAP has approximately 15 citizen members and four company members, with an average meeting attendance of 12.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month in the late afternoon.

Call (866) 259-8548 for more information.

​By the Numbers

  • Crude Capacity

       249k

    barrels per day

  • Total Capacity

       285k

    barrels per day

  • Nelson Complexity Factor

    11.1

  • Gasoline Capacity

          90k

    barrels per day

  • Distillate Capacity

             115k

    barrels per day

  • Clean Product Yield Capacity

    70%