The Los Angeles Refinery, located near the Los Angeles Harbor, is the largest refinery on the West Coast—operating on approximately 930 acres—and a major producer of clean fuels. At full capacity, it operates at 380,000 barrels per day (bpd). Through a modernization and integration project, the refinery aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70,000 metric tonnes over the next three years and by 2022 reduce NOx emissions from combustion equipment by 53%.

 

In addition to employing 1,450 full-time employees with an emphasis on process safety, Andeavor makes an effort to support the Los Angeles community by supporting various youth, government and STEM education programs across the region. In 2017, Andeavor granted $4.5M in charitable investment to nonprofit organizations in Southern California.

 

The Los Angeles Refinery processes heavy crude from California’s San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles Basin as well as crudes from the Alaska North Slope, South America, West Africa and other international sources. It manufactures gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel, petroleum coke, fuel oil, propylene and calcined coke. The facility distributes all grades of gasoline and ultra-low-sulfur diesel, primarily to Andeavor’s retail system under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA GasolineTM and Tesoro® brands. Its Watson Cogeneration plant produces 400 MW of electric power, and is the largest cogeneration facility in California.

Health & Safety at Andeavor

Safety is and always will be a Core Value at Andeavor. In 2017, the Los Angeles refinery receive the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers Safety Achievement Award. Andeavor continues to strive to achieve our ultimate goal of an incident-free workplace, in part, by instilling a culture of personal responsibility among our employees and contractors.

 

We are committed to operating our refineries, pipelines, retail stations and other facilities in a manner that promotes the health and safety of our employees, our customers and the communities where we do business. In addition to general safe working practices, our employees receive training in the safe handling and use of refinery chemicals, hazardous wastes and other hazardous materials; emergency response tactics, including firefighting procedures; and the use of emergency response and personal protective equipment.

 

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Milestones

1923

California Petroleum constructs a storage and pumping facility in Wilmington

1937

The Richfield Oil Company of California bought Pan-American and constructed the Watson Refinery in Carson. With a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day, Watson was brought on line in October 1938. A pioneer in the production of 100-octane aviation gasoline, the refinery played a crucial role in meeting the military needs of World War II.

1937

The Richfield Oil Company of California bought Pan-American and constructed the Watson Refinery in Carson. With a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day, Watson was brought on line in October 1938. A pioneer in the production of 100-octane aviation gasoline, the refinery played a crucial role in meeting the military needs of World War II.

1928 to 1998

Texaco operates the Wilmington refinery

1940 to 1960

The Carson refinery underwent four major renovations before the Atlantic and Richfield merger in 1996. Additional modernizations and expansions punctuate the refinery’s history since then

1940 to 1960

The Carson refinery underwent four major renovations before the Atlantic and Richfield merger in 1996. Additional modernizations and expansions punctuate the refinery’s history since then

1988

The Watson Cogeneration plant began producing electricity and steam for the refinery, selling excess capacity to Southern California Edison. Today it produces enough electricity to power 400,000 homes in the LA Basin.

1998 to 2002

Equilon (Shell/Texaco) operates the Wilmington refinery

1998 to 2002

Equilon (Shell/Texaco) operates the Wilmington refinery

2000

BP acquires the Carson refinery

2002 to 2007

Shell operates the Wilmington refinery

2002 to 2007

Shell operates the Wilmington refinery

2007

Tesoro purchases the Wilmington refinery from Shell

2013

Tesoro purchases the Carson refinery from BP

2013

Tesoro purchases the Carson refinery from BP

2017 to 2018

Andeavor integrates the Wilmington and Carson refinery operations

Los Angeles Refinery Integration and Compliance (LARIC) Project

Andeavor is investing more than $460 million to physically connect our adjacent Carson and Wilmington facilities, further integrating and upgrading our combined Los Angeles Refinery for cleaner and more efficient operations. The completed project will improve air quality, substantially reduce local emissions, upgrade refinery equipment and provide significant benefits to the local economy.

 

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