The Lemont, Ill., refinery is a strategic supplier of transportation fuels, particularly in the upper Midwest. The refinery has crude processing capacity of 167,000 barrels per day (bpd) and manufactures several grades of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and high-quality hydrocarbon solvents used in the production of paints, adhesives and coatings. The refinery has a long history of supporting the needs of the upper Midwest. The original Lemont Refinery was built in the early 1920s with a crude capacity of 25,000 bpd. During the years of 1968-1970, the new Lemont refinery was constructed on 900 acres, partially located in Romeoville, Ill., with a capacity of 135,000 bpd. Additional expansion has brought the refinery to its present state as a modern, well-configured 167,000-bpd facility capable of refining heavy, sour crude oils into high-quality finished products.. CITGO Lemont Refinery benefits the surrounding communities, not only as a major supplier of petroleum products, but as a major employer, taxpayer and good neighbor. CITGO annually contributes more than $350 million to the local economy through salaries, benefits, goods, services and taxes, and that does not include the dollars employees spend in the areas when they shop and eat.
The Lemont Refinery has attained an industry safety leadership position and has been recognized year-after-year by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) with numerous safety awards. At the Lemont Refinery, we commit ourselves daily to continuous improvements in safety and health by providing extensive resources to achieve safety excellence. We integrate safety and health considerations into all operations, engineering and business processes with clear accountabilities. Lemont Refinery employees strive for a safe work place, not because they want to have good statistics or receive industry recognition, but because having a safe work place means they are protecting themselves, their co-workers and the visitors that enter the facility each day.
The Lemont Refinery has taken the lead in environmental and safety community outreach by creating the Community Awareness Emergency Response Council and the Odor Alert Network. These initiatives have enabled the refinery to foster strong relationships and increase communications with surrounding communities and emergency responders.
The refinery’s Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention (WMPP) subcommittee coordinates Household Hazardous Waste and electronic collection events for employees and contractors twice a year. The refinery sponsors the Village of Lemont’s oil collection and recycling event and, over the past couple of years, the WMPP subcommittee has worked to expand recycling within the refinery. Additionally, several times throughout the school year, employees teach students about CITGO environmental programs and capital projects, and attend health and science fairs. They offer advice to students on how to be more environmentally conscious at home, at school and in their neighborhoods.
A major accomplishment at the refinery has been the reduction of flaring events. This has been accomplished by procedural and equipment changes. Flare gas recovery compressors have been installed in the flare systems to recover the gas for reuse within the refinery. Employee teams have also improved procedures to minimize or eliminate the amount of material directed to the flare system during normal operations and when units are shut down for maintenance. The refinery is routinely not flaring more than 99 percent of the time. The Lemont Refinery has been able to take significant steps in improving its efficiency, environmental advances and production. Recent environmental enhancements include a new wet gas scrubber and selective catalytic reduction unit, which reduce atmospheric emissions. Additionally, the refinery boasts a gasoline hydrotreater, allowing gasoline produced at this refinery to be essentially free of sulfur. Our Ultra Low-Sulfur Diesel unit allows for a 97 percent reduction in sulfur in the diesel fuel that the refinery produces. Since the late 1990s, the Lemont Refinery has invested nearly $1 billion in enhancements to preserve our environment and to keep our air and water clean.
A portion of the water entering the Lemont Refinery is recycled and reused. That water, which is discharged into the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal (CSSC), is treated to stringent Illinois standards specified in our wastewater permit. For example, Illinois’ ammonia standards are two-thirds less than the federal standard. Elevated concentrations of ammonia can deplete oxygen levels in water ways. Lemont has been diligent in reducing ammonia concentrations in our wastewater effluent. In fact, the Lemont Refinery discharge is lower in ammonia concentration than the water taken in from the CSSC. This has resulted in a net removal of ammonia from the CSSC.
The employee-driven CITGO Community Action Team (CCAT) personifies the spirit of volunteerism at the Lemont Refinery. Contributing their time, talent and treasure to neighborhood clean-up and beautification projects, collections of food and clothing for area human service agencies and meeting other needs in local communities, the CCAT’s motto is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
CCAT activities include helping the local food pantries and women’s shelters, spending time cleaning up the local communities and assisting with grounds-keeping efforts at the local Cerebral Palsy camp. Refinery employees have helped raise money to benefit the United Way, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
CITGO Employees & Contractors
|Total economic impact in Lemont||$350 Million|
|Geographic size||900 Acres|
|Number of ship canal docks||1|
|Number of wastewater treatment plants||1|
|Main gate locations|
|New Avenue and 127th Street|
|135th Street and New Avenue|
|Production Capacity (gasoline)||4.0 Million gpd (on average)|
|Crude Capacity||167,000 bpd (on average)|
|Liquid Petroleum Gas||Retail, Commercial|
|Diesel Fuel||Retail Fuel|
|Aviation Turbine Fuel||Airline Fuel|
|Molten Sulfur||Fertilizer and Basic Chemicals|
|Butane||Cooking and Camping Fuels|
|Kerosene||Heating and Lighting Fuels|
|Propane||Retail Fuel Outlets|
|Petroleum Coke||Industrial Fuels|
We take great pride in our civic involvement and diligently volunteer for numerous benevolent causes locally and nationally. On average, nearly 300 refinery volunteers donate about 2,500 hours of their time and thousands of dollars to local charitable organizations annually. Listed below are just a few of the community organizations with which we have worked:
United Way of Will County
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Muscular Dystrophy Association