Built in 1944, our Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex 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 Manufacturing Complex consists of a modern, deep-conversion facility with a crude oil refining capacity of 425,000 barrels-per-day (bpd). Our facility is particularly suited to process heavy sour crude oils into high-octane, unleaded gasoline, jet fuel and ultra-low sulfur diesel, as well as a variety of petrochemicals used to manufacture a range of everyday products. Our facility employs approximately 1,100 regular full time employees in Southwest Louisiana.
Over the past several years, the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex has gained a positive reputation as one of the safest facilities in our industry. Our solid safety culture is part of our effort to ensure employee safety awareness and make safety an integral part of every job task. In 2009, the Lake Charles Refinery received a Gold Award, a Meritorious Safety Performance Award and two Achievement Awards from the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) for its safe operations.
The Lake Charles Manufacturing workforce is committed to preserving the environment and quality of life in Southwest Louisiana. To maintain our environment, we strive to improve the water and air quality of our area through process improvements and projects. We also work closely with the City of Lake Charles and with the local community in improving the quality of life within our community. Recently we promoted events such as e-Recycle day, a day where the city can dispose of electronic waste and Earth Day, a day to recognize the importance of our earth and how to keep it clean.
In 2009, in recognition of the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex’s efforts to be a good steward of the environment, we were awarded first place in the waste recycling and reduction category by the Keep Louisiana Beautiful organization. We were also recognized by the City of Lake Charles and the Calcasieu Policy Jury for our waste recycling and reduction efforts within the community. In addition, in 2003 and also in 2009, the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex received the CITGO President’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
The Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex has seen a 25 percent decrease in emissions from 2008 to 2009 due to our initiatives to minimize emissions from flares and reduce boiler emissions from burner improvements. We accomplished this by initiating procedural changes and equipment changes. We also installed a flare gas recovery system on two of our flares to recover the gas for reuse in the fuel gas system and installed Low Nitrous Oxide (NOx) burners that have reduced emissions from our boilers. Additionally, we have been actively involved in the state and local ozone committees and have developed and implemented a voluntary Ozone Action plan to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and NOx; both of which contribute to the formation of ozone in our community. In addition, we have reduced VOC emissions through the implementation of enhanced leak detection and repair programs, and we have practiced enhanced sewer monitoring.
As a responsible and conservative water consumer, the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex has reduced water usage by 95 percent in the last four years (2005–2009) through water conservation initiatives within the refinery. These initiatives include recycling and reuse of water, when possible, through process design and controls. Our non-reuse water is discharged into the Calcasieu River after it is pretreated to stringent standards that are specified in our wastewater permit.
Through our employee volunteer organization Team CITGO, our employees, retirees and their families and friends have donated thousands of hours of their time to numerous local charitable, and community projects designed to improve the quality of life of Southwest Louisiana residents. Team CITGO achieved an unprecedented total of 3,382 volunteer hours with 284 people volunteering in 2009. In just the first part of 2010, 1,733 volunteer hours were achieved.
Our employees are financially generous, as well. Year after year, CITGO Lake Charles is a recognized leader in United Way giving, supporting local agencies with more than $10 million since 1975. We also support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by sponsoring Southwest Louisiana’s largest single-day fundraiser each year, the CITGO/MDA Golf Classic. In addition, we partner in education with four Calcasieu Parish public schools as well as McNeese State University and SOWELA Technical Community College.
CITGO Employees & Contractors
|Total economic impact in Lake Charles||$574 Million|
|Geographic size||2000 Acres|
|Number of ship channel docks||4|
|Number of wastewater treatment plants||1|
|Main gate locations|
|Production Capacity (gasoline)||8.8 Million gpd|
|Crude Capacity||425,000 bpd|
|Jet Fuel||Airline Fuel|
|15 ppm Diesel||Retail Fuel|
|Toluene||Industrial Solvents, Petrochemicals|
|Refinery Grade Propylene||Petrochemicals|
|Decant Oil||Industrial Fuels|
|Sulfur||Fertilizer and Basic Chemicals|
|Petroleum Coke||Industrial Fuels|
Team CITGO at CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex is famous in Southwest Louisiana for its commitment to the community. Our volunteers, recognized by their red Team CITGO shirts, give their free time to volunteer for worthy causes and charitable organizations within the five parish area. Team CITGO volunteers are there at every turn, helping in fund-raising opportunities, clean-up efforts and mentoring programs. These are just a few of the organizations Team CITGO impacts:
Children’s Miracle Network
Family and Youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters
American Heart Association
Sulphur Care Help
American Cancer Society
Muscular Dystrophy Association