Los Angeles Refinery

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The Los Angeles Refinery comprises two linked facilities, five miles apart, in Carson and Wilmington, California, about 15 miles southeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Carson processes crude oil, and Wilmington upgrades the intermediate products to finished products.

The refinery processes mainly heavy, high-sulfur crude oil. It receives domestic crude oil by pipeline from California and foreign and domestic crude oils by tanker through a third-party terminal in the Port of Long Beach. The refinery produces a high percentage of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels. Other products include fuel-grade petroleum coke.

The facilities have fluid catalytic cracking, alkylation, hydrocracking, coking and naphtha reforming units. The refinery produces California Air Resources Board (CARB)-grade gasoline and diesel fuels. Refined products are distributed by pipeline and truck to customers in California, Nevada and Arizona.

HISTORY: The Carson facility was built in 1923 and the Wilmington facility was built in 1919

LOCATION: Carson and Wilmington, California, about 15 miles southeast of Los Angeles International Airport

SIZE: Carson is 235 acres (approx.) and the Wilmington facility is 424 acres (approx.)

WORKFORCE: More than 875 employees (including on-site contractors)

  • Transportation fuels (gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel)
  • Fuel-grade petroleum coke
  • Pipeline
  • Tank truck

Community Advisory Council

Year established: 1995

The Los Angeles Refinery Community Advisory Council (CAC) was launched in 1995. The goal of the CAC is to create an atmosphere of open communication and partnership with neighboring community leaders. The CAC is instrumental in helping us provide information to stakeholders and hear from them on issues or concerns. Each CAC meeting features a brief presentation on refinery operations, a health and safety update, community relations update, question and answer session and an opportunity for community leaders to talk about their own activities.

The CAC is comprised of approximately 80 community leaders including: educators, neighbors, public safety officers, elected officials, representatives of nonprofit organizations and neighborhood councils from the areas surrounding our Carson and Wilmington facilities.

Meetings are held quarterly.

Call (310) 834-5264 (English) or (310) 543-7431 (Spanish) for more information.

​By the Numbers

  • Crude Capacity

       139k

    barrels per day

  • Total Capacity

       160k

    barrels per day

  • Nelson Complexity Factor

    14.3

  • Gasoline Capacity

          80k

    barrels per day

  • Distillate Capacity

             65k

    barrels per day

  • Clean Product Yield Capacity

       89%