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When was the last refinery built in the United States?

There were a total of 141 operable petroleum refineries in the United States as of January 1, 2017.

The newest refinery in the United States is the Magellan Midstream Partners LP 42,500 barrels per calendar day (b/cd) condensate splitter in Corpus Christi, Texas. Condensate splitters are distillation units that process condensate, which is lighter than crude oil. Splitter capacity is included as atmospheric distillation units in Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. The Magellan Midstream Partners LP unit, which began operating in 2017, was operable but not running at the start of the year, so its capacity was listed as idle in the Refinery Capacity Report (see link below in Learn more).

However, the newest refinery with significant downstream unit capacity is Marathon's facility in Garyville, Louisiana. That facility came online in 1977 with an initial atmospheric distillation unit capacity of 200,000 b/cd and as of January 1, 2017 had a capacity of 543,000 b/cd.

Capacity has also been added to existing refineries through upgrades or new construction. Some recent examples of large increases include:

  • In 2015, Valero expanded its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery after previous expansions, bringing its capacity to 293,000 b/cd as of January 1, 2017.
  • In 2012, Motiva upgraded its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, making it the largest refinery in the United States with a capacity of 603,000 b/cd as of January 1, 2017.

The newest refineries currently operating in the United States:

Year BuiltFirst OperatedLocationOriginal OwnerOriginal Capacity b/cdCurrent Owner2017 Capacity b/cd
20162017Corpus Christi, TXMagellan Midstream Partners42,500Magellan Midstream Partners42,500
20152015Corpus Christi, TXBuckeye Partners46,250Buckeye Partners46,250
20152015Houston, TXPetromax Refining 25,000Petromax Refining25,000
20142015Dickinson, NDDakota Prairie Refining19,000Tesoro
20142015Galena Park, TXKinder Morgan42,000Kinder Morgan84,000
19981998Atmore, ALGoodway4,100Goodway4,100
19931993Valdez, AKPetro Star26,300Petro Star55,000
19911992Ely, NV Petro Source7,000Foreland2,000
19861987North Pole, AKPetro Star6,700Petro Star19,700
19851986Prudhoe Bay, AK ARCO12,000ConocoPhillips15,000
19791980Wilmington, CAHuntway5,400Valero6,300
19781979Vicksburg, MSErgon10,000Ergon26,500
19781979Prudhoe Bay, AKARCO13,000BP Exploration, AK6,500
19771978Lake Charles, LACalcasieu6,500Calcasieu104,000
19761977Garyville, LAMarathon200,000Marathon543,000
19761977Krotz Springs, LAGold King5,000Alon80,000
19751975Corpus Christi, TXSaber15,000Valero293,000

Learn more:
Refinery Capacity Report
Refinery Rankings
Articles on petroleum refining

Last updated: July 24, 2017

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