Refineries, like the one here in Richmond, are important to the Bay Area and State of California. From gasoline, to jet and diesel fuel, and lubricating base oils, the Richmond Refinery produces the products we use on a daily basis.
The Richmond Refinery produces the cleanest fuels in the country and we are one of the cleanest refineries in the world. We also play a significant role in keeping people who live in the Bay Area and Northern California on the move.
Gasoline produced at the Richmond Refinery fuels 20% of cars on Northern California roads. About 60% of planes at major airports in the Bay Area use jet fuel made at the Richmond Refinery. The Refinery is the only facility on the West Coast that produces lubricating base oils. Techron—our revolutionary fuel additive—which helps keep car engines clean was invented in Richmond and now is found in gas stations throughout the world.
The Richmond Refinery produces a special, cleaner blend of gasoline only available in California. This helps reduce pollution and protect the environment.
On a daily basis, the Richmond Refinery processes about 250,000 barrels of crude oil. Unlike other energy producers, 100% of the crude oil we process arrives at the Richmond Long Wharf by ship. We are not equipped to unload crude oil from trains.
Refining crude oil into transportation products is a complex process involving many steps. The key steps include:
- Separation: Crude oil is separated into different parts based on the size of the molecules.
- Treatment: Using hydrogen and catalyst, natural impurities are removed from crude oil to meet California’s emissions standards, which are the toughest in the nation.
- Cracking: Large molecules of crude oil are broken into small constituent elements that make up different transportation fuels.