Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (CUSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), acquired the Pasadena Refinery (Pasadena Refining System, Inc. and PRSI Trading LLC) on May 1, 2019.
The Pasadena Refinery has the capacity to process approximately 110,000 barrels per day of light crude, direct pipeline connections to increasing industry and equity crude oil production, connections to major product pipelines, and dock access to receive and ship crude oil and refined products. It comprises a 323-acre refinery, including a tank farm with a storage capacity of 5.1 million barrels of crude oil and refined products, as well as 143 acres of additional land.
111 Red Bluff Road
Pasadena, Texas 77506
Emergency Phone Number: 713-472-4051 (Community Concerns – Odors, Emissions, Operations)
Community Concern Email: PasadenaRefinery@chevron.com
The Pasadena Refinery’s roots extend back to the early days of southeast Texas exploration and refining through Crown Central. The initial plant was one of the very first petroleum refineries built on the Houston Ship Channel.
Prior to Chevron U.S.A. Inc’s acquisition of the refinery on May 1, 2019, the Pasadena refinery was owned and operated by subsidiaries of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.
In 2015, the EPA issued a rule requiring all petroleum refineries to conduct monitoring for benzene emissions along facility fencelines. In accordance with EPA guidance, Chevron's Pasadena Refinery has conducted monitoring and reported its readings for 2018 and the first two quarters of 2019 to the EPA. The initial data became available to the public through the EPA on June 14, 2019, with the second quarter submittal on August 8, 2019.
The Pasadena Refinery collects air samples from fixed locations around the property. During November of 2018, a cooling tower leaked resulting in elevated benzene reading. Upon controlling the cooling tower leak, the air readings returned to normal levels. The root cause analysis identified the cooling tower leak for the elevated readings for the first and second quarter submittal.
Protecting people and the environment is one of Chevron's core values, and we strive to operate safely and responsibly in all our locations. As the new owners and operators of the Pasadena Refinery, we are committed to continuing to improve the site's environmental performance.
Air sampling and reporting to the EPA is a continuous process, and new data for 2019 will continue to be provided to and available via the EPA.
For more information about the EPA Petroleum Refinery Fenceline Monitoring rule, visit the EPA's reporting website.