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Summary Information

Brief Description

  • The Torrance refinery, located on 750 acres in Torrance, California, is a high-conversion 155,000 barrel per day, delayed-coking refinery with a Nelson Complexity Index of 14.9.
  • The facility is strategically positioned in Southern California with advantaged logistics connectivity that offers flexible raw material sourcing and product distribution opportunities primarily to the California, Las Vegas and Phoenix area markets.

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation, 149,500 bpd
  • Vacuum Distillation, 102,300 bpd
  • Delayed Coking - 54,600 bpd
  • Fluidised Catalytic Cracker, 100,200 bpd
  • Hydrocracker, 22,100 bpd
  • Catalytic Reforming, 20,000 bpd
  • Naphtha Desulphurisation, 24,700 bpd
  • Diesel Desulphurisation, 18,000 bpd
  • Heavy Gasoil Desulphurisation, 106,500 bpd
  • Sulphur Recovery

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refinery's crude oil supply still comes primarily from the San Joaquin Valley.
  • ExxonMobil's M-70 pipeline, one of the country's most advanced, carries some of the heaviest crude oil in the world from Central California to the refinery.

Products Produced

  • More than 70 percent of each barrel is refined into high quality, specially formulated low emissions gasoline and sold in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
  • Other products of the Torrance refining process include jet fuel, diesel fuel, liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), coke and sulfur.

Ongoing Projects

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Other Information

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  • 1929 - Refinery Operations begin
  • 1965 - Modernization efforts result in an almost completely rebuilt refinery.
  • 2000 - Torrance is the first refinery to install a pollution control device on its fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit, significantly reducing emissions.
  • 2005 - Exxon agrees to invest in emissions reductions after Consent Decree with the EPA
  • 2015 - Exxon sells the refinery to PBF

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Torrance Refinery, Hydrocarbons Technology
  3. U.S. Announces Clean Air Agreement with ExxonMobil Nearly 77 Percent of Domestic Refining Capacity Now Under Consent Decrees
  4. ExxonMobil to Sell Torrance Refinery to PBF Energy

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