Valero acquired Pembroke Refinery in South West Wales in 2011, marking Valero’s entry into the European refining market. Opened in 1964, the refinery is one of the largest, most complex refineries in Western Europe. It makes products including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and petrochemical feedstocks. About 44% of Pembroke’s products are gasolines, including ultra-low sulphur gasoline, and about 40% of products are distillates. Upgrades and installation of special equipment over the years have boosted the plant’s complexity and ability to process difficult crudes, such as acidic, heavy crude.
Built in 1964 as a hydroskimmer; with cat-cracking capacity added in 1982;
Acquired from Chevron in 2011;
Occupies approximately 450 acres of a 1,275 acre site on the southern shore of the Milford Haven Waterway in Pembrokshire, Wales;
Deep-water port and docks can handle very large ships, without reliance on third-party terminals or pipelines;
Total throughput capacity of 270,000 barrels per day, including 220,000 barrels per day of crude oil, plus 50,000 barrels per day of other feedstocks;
Approximately 10.5 million barrels of storage, about half used for feedstocks;
Large FCC and alkylation units provide significant volumetric production gains;
Nelson complexity rating of 11.6 ranks among the top refineries in Western Europe;
Refinery scale, flexibility, location and logistical advantages enhance Valero's optimization and trading strategy in the Atlantic Basin;
Major national employer in Wales, including about 550 employees and 400 term contractors;
50th anniversary of the refinery celebrated in 2014 by a visit from Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.