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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Alon
  • Website:
  • Location: Bakersfield, California
  • Capacity: 3.5 million tons/annum & 70,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Refining Units

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refinery is supplied by crude oil produced in the San Joaquin Valley
  • Alon plans to configure the refinery for light sweet crude and supply crude by rail

Products Produced

  • Regular Gasoline, Premium Gasoline, Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD), Petroleum Coke, Anhydrous Ammonia, Sulfur, Mixed Butanes, Pentanes, Isobutane, Propane, Raw Gas Oil, Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Ongoing Projects

  • The Clean Fuel Project which was to increase capacity of high quality automotive fuels, is now unlikely to go ahead
  • Alon Usa Energy Inc has begun to reconfigure the Bakersfield, California, refinery as a stand-alone vacuum gasoil hydrocracker with start-up expected in June of 2011. Raw material is to be provided by the Paramount Refinery.

Other Information

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  • 1932 - Plant opened as Mohawk Refinery producing 1,500 barrels per day (BPD)
  • 1935 - Cracker unit added increasing production to 9,000 BPD
  • 1942-45 - Plant operated jointly with adjacent refinery to produce military fuel from heavy valley crude for war effort.
  • 1970 - Mohawk Refinery acquired by Reserve Oil and Gas Co. Refinery had been producing approximately 40,000 BPD.
  • 1980 - Reserve Oil and Gas acquired by Getty Oil Company, expanding facilities including high-tech truck loading facility. Plant was producing about 45,000 BPD.
  • 1984 - Getty Oil Company assets acquired by Texaco, Inc. including Bakersfield facility which becomes the Texaco Bakersfield Plant; Texaco initiates heavy crude expansion project.
  • 1986 - Texaco purchases Tosco Refinery; integrates facilities, doubling output of gasoline production.
  • 1987 - Independent Valley Energy Company acquired; integrating delayed coker and sulfur recovery unit into Bakersfield Plant; setting stage for significant increases in refining capacity.
  • 1998 - Bakersfield Plant becomes part of the Shell/Texaco Refining and Marketing merger that created Equilon Enterprises, LLC.
  • 2000 - Shell Oil purchases Texaco, Inc. interest; becomes sole owner.
  • 2005 - Flying J Inc. purchases refinery from Shell Oil. Refinery producing about 68,000 BPD.
  • 2010 - Big West of California, LLC plans start of its Clean Fuels Project.
  • 2010 - Alon purchases refinery from Flying J
  • 2011 - Completion of Hydrocracker Project
  • 2014 - Approval given for crude by rail project

Relevant Links

  1. Alon USA Announces Acquisition of Bakersfield Refinery From Flying J
  2. Alon USA Website
  3. Clean Fuels Project pdf
  4. Alon USA will to maximize distillates
  5. Alon USA Announces Completion of Hydrocracker Project at Bakersfield
  6. Alon USA Receives Approval To Construct Bakersfield Rail And Refinery Project

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