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The Refinery

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CITGO has been part of the Louisiana community for 75 years. Our operations in the state include a refinery, products terminal and several miles of pipeline. Built in 1944, our Lake Charles Refinery is the fifth-largest refining facility in the United States. Strategically located on 2,000 acres along the banks of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, the complex is recognized as a leading manufacturer of high-quality transportation fuels and petrochemicals. As the largest of the three CITGO refineries, the Lake Charles Refinery consists of a modern, deep-conversion facility with a crude oil refining capacity of 425,000 barrels per day (bpd). Our facility employs approximately 1,029 regular full-time employees in Southwest Louisiana. In addition, we employ on average more than 988 contractors and contribute to the employment of nearly 8,000 people through our procurement activities in the area. The state of Louisiana also has approximately 100 independently owned CITGO retail stations which provide employment to approximately 800 people.

Annual Economic & Community Impact

CITGO Employees & Contractors 1,800 *
Total Economic Impact on Lake Charles $597.3 Million * *

Plant Details

Geographic Size 2000 Acres
Number of Ship Channel Docks 4
Number of Waste Water Treatment Plants 1
Production Capacity (gasoline) 8.8 Million gpd (on average)
Crude Capacity 425,000 bpd (on average)
  • Gasoline
  • Jet Fuel
  • 15 ppm Diesel
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • Mixed Xylenes
  • Refinery Grade Propylene
  • Propane
  • Decant Oil
  • Sulfur
  • Petroleum Coke
  • Retail Fuel
  • Airline Fuel
  • Retail Fuel
  • Petrochemicals
  • Industrial Solvents, Petrochemicals
  • Industrial Fuels
  • Fertilizer and Basic Chemicals
  • Industrial Fuels

* average number of employees and contractors over a 3 year period
** based on a 3 year average